September 2007 Bill Inserts

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Agricultural Customers

Agricultural Customers: You may save money by selecting an alternate electric rate schedule.


Agricultural Customers:

You may save money by selecting an alternate electric rate schedule

The electric rate schedules available to agricultural customers are summarized below. Compare your current rate schedule, found at the beginning of the Electric Account Detail section of your Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) bill with the ones listed below. Detailed gas and electric rate schedule information is available at pge.com/rateoptions.

A free rate analysis is available to you:

Contact your local PG&E business representative or call PG&E’s Agricultural Center at 1.877.311.3276 (FARM) to request a free electric rate analysis, rate schedule change, or additional rate option information. You may also do your own rate analysis online pge.com/biz/biztools.html.

RATE SCHEDULES:

AG-1 For customers with maximum demands below 500 kilowatts who have low annual operating hours (generally less than 500 hours), and especially if they can’t minimize their use of electricity during summer weekdays (May 1 through Oct 31) between noon and 6 p.m. This schedule is not available to customers whose meter registers a maximum demand of 200 kilowatts or more for three consecutive months.

(Note: A Time-of-Use (TOU) rate may still be the best choice even if you need to run equipment from noon to 6 p.m., so please review the TOU rate options below.)

The TOU schedules listed below may save you money if you are able to shift your hours of energy usage. A TOU meter is required for service on all TOU schedules. If a TOU meter must be installed to meet this requirement, the installation will generally occur within 4 weeks of your request. There is no charge for the meter installation; However, meter access is required at all times.

AG-4 For customers with moderate annual operating hours (generally 500 to 1,200). Additional savings are possible if you can minimize electricity use on summer weekdays between noon and 6 p.m. Customers whose service has a single motor load of at least 35 hp or multiple motor load of at least 15 hp may save even more on the AG-4C Rate Schedule if they can minimize usage on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through 9:30 p.m.

AG-5 For customers with high annual operating hours (generally greater than 1,200). Additional savings are possible if you can minimize electricity use on summer weekdays between noon and 6 p.m. Customers whose service has a single motor load of at least 35 hp or multiple motor load of at least 15 hp may save even more on the AG-5C Rate Schedule if they can minimize usage on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through 9:30 p.m.

AG-R For customers who need to operate 24 hours a day for up to four consecutive days a week (Thu-Sun or Sat–Tues) during the summer but can minimize use from noon to 6 p.m. on the three remaining weekdays.

AG-V For customers who can minimize electricity use on summer weekdays during any one of these time periods: noon to 4 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*NEM Net Energy Metering Service. For customers qualifying for agricultural rates who operate a photovoltaic (solar) and/or wind electric generating facility with a generating capacity of 1,000 kW or less on their premises that offsets all or part of their electric load while interconnected with PG&E. Agricultural customers must select one of the Agricultural Rate Schedules listed above. Direct Access customers should contact their Energy Service Provider (ESP) for information about the ESP’s net metering program.

*NEMBIO Net Energy Metering Service for Biogas Customer Generators. A limited pilot program for bundled service customers on TOU rate schedules who operate an eligible Biogas Digester Electrical Generating Facility located on or adjacent to the customer’s premises that offsets all or part of their electric load (including the load from any of their qualifying dairy farm TOU accounts) while interconnected with PG&E. Agricultural customers must select one of the Agricultural Rate Schedules listed above.

*Net metering customers may be responsible for expenses for purchasing and installing metering that can perform net energy measurements.

Customers interested in interconnecting more than one generator, each subject to different rate treatment (for example, NEMBIO and NEM solar) on a single account, can now do so. For further information, contact PG&E via e-mail at gen@pge.com.

Check with Pacific Gas and Electric Company at pge.com/gen for current NEM & NEMBIO requirements or for more information.

DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAMS

E-CPP The Critical Peak Pricing Program offers lower rates to customers who agree to reduce electricity use during critical peak periods for the summer season only. This program is only available to AG-4 and 5 (rates C&F) customers.

E-DBP The Demand Bidding Program offers demand metered TOU participants the opportunity to earn bill credits for reducing their power usage when contacted. AG-R and AG-V customers are not eligible.

E-BIP The Base Interruptible Program offers participants incentives for reducing their electric load down to a firm service level when contacted. AG-R and AG-V customers are not eligible.

E-CBP The Capacity Bidding Program offers participants incentives for reducing energy consumption by a nominated capacity amount when contacted.

To see if a demand response program is right for you, please visit pge.com for additional program requirements and details.

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