July 2007 Bill Inserts

Each month, PG&E offers important information on rebates, saving energy and safety in printed inserts that accompany your bill. Now, access this information online whenever you wish.

residential building

Residential Customers: 
Information on electric and natural gas rates
and more


business building

Business Customers: 
You may save money by choosing a different gas supplier or selecting a different rate schedule


Proposition 65—Public Warning

Residential Customers:

LOW INCOME RATE OPTIONS

PG&E has two programs to help the low income customer reduce their gas and electric bills. Please read the descriptions below.

CARE California Alternate Rates for Energy provides a 20% discount on both gas and electricity for qualifying customers whose household income is below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For additional information, please call the CARE Program at 1.866.743.2273.

FERA This Family Electric Rate Assistance program allows qualifying customers with large households of three or more persons whose income is between 200 percent (plus $1) to 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to save on electric bills by charging “101-130 percent of baseline” Tier 2 rates for “131-200 percent of baseline” Tier 3 usage. For additional information, please call the FERA Program at 1.800.PGE.5000.

FERA is for customers who exceed the income threshold for the CARE Program.

ELECTRIC RATE SCHEDULES

E-1 Standard Service. The cost per kWh does not vary by season or time of day, for those who opt not to shift load.

E-6 Time-of-Use (TOU) Service. Summer (service from May 1 through October 31) Peak: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m., Partial Peak: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Off Peak: All other times including Holidays.

Winter (service from November 1 through April 30) Partial-Peak: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Off Peak: All other times including Holidays

E-9 Low-Emission Vehicle Fueling Service. This schedule is required for customers with an electric vehicle and is optional for customers with a natural gas vehicle NGV where an associated home refueling appliance (HRA) has been installed.

ET, ES, ESR, GS, GT Master Metered Customers with Submetered Tenants. As a reminder, if you submeter electricity or gas to your tenants, you are required by state law to charge your tenants the same rates as if they were being billed directly by PG&E and pass along any refunds or rate reduction to your tenants. Section 739.5 (a) of the California Public Utilities Code discusses your obligation to pass along any rebates to your tenants. Should you have any questions regarding your obligation, please call our Customer Services Center at 1.800.743.5000.  

NEM Net Energy Metering Service. For customers qualifying for residential rates who operate a photovoltaic (solar) and/or wind electric generating facility with a capacity of 1,000 kW or less on their premises that offsets all or part of their electric load while interconnected with Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Customers interested in interconnecting more that one generator, each subject to different rate treatment (for example, NEMFC and NEM solar) on a single account can now do so. Contact PG&E at gen@pge.com for more information.

Please visit www.pge.com/gen for more information about the net energy metering program and eligibility requirements. Direct Access customers should contact their Energy Service Provider (ESP) directly for information about the ESP’s net energy metering program.

ELECTRIC BASELINE ALLOWANCE

The last character in your electric rate schedule determines your electric baseline allowance. For example, E 1XB or E 6TH. If your permanent source of heat is not correctly reflected in your rate schedule per the following list, please contact PG&E.

B = Basic electric service. Your home heating system utilizes natural gas or propane for your central heating, wall furnace or floor furnace, and you do not have permanently installed electric space heating (heat pump, baseboard or hydronic system).

H = All electric service. Your primary source of heat is permanently installed electric space heating (heat pump, electric baseboard heating, electric hydronic system, etc.) You may also have electric water heating.

M = Basic plus medical baseline allowances.

S = All electric plus medical baseline allowances.

Find details on rate options at
www.pge.com/rateoptions.You may also call 1.800.743.5000 to request a free electric rate analysis, or to make a rate schedule change, or obtain additional rate option information.

GAS SUPPLIER OPTION

Did you know you have the option of choosing a different gas supplier or a rate option?

G-CT Core Gas Aggregation Service. Gas customers may select an alternative supplier, who may be able to provide gas pricing or billing services that meet your needs. Under this option, PG&E continues the same reliable gas delivery and service response, but gas is supplied by an independent party. PG&E encourages customers to explore this energy supply option. Information and a list or suppliers is available at www.pge.com/gaschoice.

RESIDENTIAL NATURAL GAS RATE FOR HOME REFUEL APPLIANCE

G1-NGV or GL1-NGV An optional residential rate schedule for the compression of natural gas on a customer’s premise for use in vehicles is available. A natural gas vehicle and associated home refueling appliance (HRA) must be at the premise to qualify for this typically lower rate.

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Business Customers:

You may save money by choosing a different gas supplier or selecting a different rate schedule.

GAS SUPPLIER OPTION:

G-CT Core Gas Aggregation Service. Gas customers may select an alternative gas supplier, who may be able to provide gas pricing or billing services that meet your needs. Under this option, PG&E continues the same reliable gas delivery and service response, but gas is supplied by an independent party. PG&E encourages customers to explore this energy supply option. Information and a list of suppliers is available at www.pge.com/gaschoice.

GAS RATE OPTION FOR LARGER USERS:

Noncore End-Use Customer’s must secure their gas suppliers from a 3rd Party and not from PG&E.

G-NT Gas Transportation Service to Noncore End-Use Customers. If your average monthly use over the past 12 months has exceeded 20,800 therms (excluding those months during which usage was 200 therms or less) your busi- ness can elect noncore (less firm) delivery service, with lower gas delivery rates.

G-NGV4 Experimental Gas Transportation Service to Noncore Natural Gas Vehicles. If your natural gas fueling station is currently taking service on Schedule G-NGV1 and has  average monthly use over the past 12 months has exceeded 20, 800 therms (excluding those months during which usage was 200 therms or less) your station can elect noncore (less firm) delivery service, with lower gas delivery rates.

ELECTRIC RATE OPTIONS:

A-1 Small General Service. This rate schedule includes a customer charge and an energy charge that varies by season. Typical A-1 customers use most of their energy between 9am and 5pm.

A-10 Medium General Demand-Metered Service. This rate schedule is an option for customers with monthly demand usage under 500 kilowatts (kW). It includes a higher customer charge than A-1, a lower energy charge than A-1 (which also varies by season) and an additional charge for demand (measured in kW).

A-10 TOU Medium General Service Time-of-Use (TOU) Service. This rate schedule is an option for customers with monthly demand usage under 500 kilowatts (kW). It includes a higher customer charge than A-1, a lower energy charge than A-1 (which also varies by season and according to the time of day electricity is used) and an additional charge for demand (measured in kW). Customers must have an interval meter to participate.

Two voluntary Time-of-Use rate schedules may save you money if you can use most of your electricity during evenings, nights and weekends.

A-6 Small General TOU Service. This rate schedule is an option for customers who use much of their electricity at times other than noon to 6pm on weekdays. A-6 rates vary by season and according to the time of day electricity is used. Rates are lowest between 9:30pm and 8:30am weekdays, and all day on weekends and holidays.

E-19V Medium General Demand-Metered TOU Service, Voluntary Provisions. The voluntary E-19 rate also varies by season and according to the time of day electricity is used. It includes a higher customer charge than A-6, lower energy charges than A-6 and an additional charge for demand (kW).

Accounts billing on mandatory E-19 or E-20 rates cannot participate in any of the rate schedules above. Accounts with demand (kW) equal to or greater than 200 kW must be on A-10 TOU, A-6, or E-19V.

NEM Net Energy Metering Service. NEM is for customers qualifying for general service rates who operate a photovoltaic (solar) and/or wind electric generating facility with a capacity of 1,000 kW or less on their premises that offsets all or part of their electric load while interconnected with PG&E.

NEMBIO Net Energy Metering Service for Biogas Customer Generators. A limited pilot program for bundled customers on TOU rate schedules who operate an eligible Biogas Digester Electrical Generating Facility with a generating capacity of 1,000 kW or less located on or adjacent to the customer’s premises, which offsets all or part of their electric load while interconnected with PG&E.

NEMFC Net Energy Metering Service for Fuel Cell Customer Generators. A limited pilot program for bundled customers on TOU rate schedules who operate an eligible Fuel Cell Electrical Generating Facility with a generating capacity of 1,000 kW or less located on or adjacent to the customer’s owned, leased or rented premises, which offsets all or part of their electric load while interconnected with PG&E.

Customers interested in interconnecting more that one generator, each subject to different rate treatment (for example, NEMFC and NEM solar) on a single account can now do so. Contact PG&E at gen@pge.com for more information.

Check our website at www.pge.com/gen for NEMBIO’s, NEM’s and NEMFC’s current requirements or for more information. Direct Access customers should contact their Energy Service Provider (ESP) directly for information about the ESP’s net metering program.

E-37 Medium General Service to Oil and Gas Extraction Customers. This schedule is an optional demand metered time-of-use service option. The E-37 optional firm-service rate schedules may save you money if your account has a NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code of 211111 (crude petroleum and natural gas extraction):

To request a rate schedule change, rate option information, free electric rate analysis or detailed rate schedule information, you can either visit us at our website at www.pge.com/rateoptions, or contact our Business Customer Service Center at 1.800.468.4743.

Proposition 65—Public Warning

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65, requires the Governor to publish a list of chemicals “known to the State of California” to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. It also requires California businesses to warn the public quarterly of potential exposures to these chemicals which result from their operations.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company uses chemicals in its operations that are ”known to the State of California” to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

For example, Pacific Gas and Electric Company uses natural gas and petroleum products in its operations. Pacific Gas and Electric Company also delivers natural gas to its customers. Petroleum products, natural gas, and their combustion by-products contain chemicals “known to the State of California” to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
A warning odorant is added to natural gas so that leaks of unburned gas can be quickly detected. If gas odor is detected, Pacific Gas and Electric Company should be contacted promptly.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company provides a free service to check and adjust your home gas appliances. Please call 1.800.743.5000 if you would like your gas appliances checked.

For additional information on this Proposition 65 warning, write to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Prop. 65 Coordinator, 77 Beale Street B23H, PO Box 770000, San Francisco, CA 94177.