May 2008 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.

Man and Water

Stay cool and safe from extreme heat
High temperatures can be life-threatening unless you take action to stay cool. For helpful tips and to locate your local Cooling Center.

 

 


If your family is sensitive to extreme temperatures
If extreme heat poses a health concern for you or someone in your home, you may request to receive a phone call before a rotating power outage occurs. To sign-up for this free service, obtain a Temperature Sensitive Customer Application. For information on possible rotating power outages.

 


What types of energy resources make up PG&E’s power mix?

PG&E delivers some of the cleanest electric power in the nation: on average, more than 50% of the electricity delivered to the 15 million Californians we serve emits no carbon.

PG&E power delivery mix pie-chart

Note: Delivery mix includes all of PG&E-owned generation plus all of PG&E's power purchases.

PG&E works with its customers, communities, and various stakeholders and agencies to find innovative ways to procure and deliver clean energy. We are planning for the future by exploring new technologies that harvest energy from the sun, ocean waves, tidal currents and agricultural waste. And we are actively involved in investing in state-of-the-art, cleaner sources of fossil-based power to meet growing demand.

Power Content Label

Note: This content is provided to you under state legislation (Senate Bill 1305), as implemented by the California Energy Commission.

Energy Resources PG&E Actual Power Mix* 2006 CA Power Mix**1
Eligible Renewable14%5%
• Biomass and waste4%<1%
• Geothermal4%4%
• Small hydroelectric 4%<1%
• Solar<1%0%
• Wind2%<1%
Coal2%29%
Large Hydroelectric217%31%
Natural Gas44%35%
Nuclear22%<1%
Other1%0%
TOTAL100%100%
* At least 95% of PG&E's Power Mix is from PG&E-owned resources, purchased from individual suppliers, or provided by the California Department of Water Resources.
** Percentages are estimated annually by the California Energy Commission based on electricity sold to California consumers during the previous year.
For information about PG&E's Power Mix, contact PG&E at 1 (800) PGE-5000. For information about the CA Power Mix or for general information about the Power Content Label, contact the California Energy Commission at 1 (800) 555-7794 or www.energy.ca.gov/consumer.
1 75 percent of California's electric supply is generated or purchased by the state's investor-owned utilities, the majority of the state's municipal utilities, and various other retail energy providers. The 2006 "CA Power Mix" shown above lists the remaining 25 percent of California's power that is generated or purchased from other sources.
2 A significant amount of the energy generated by PG&E comes from clean, large hydroelectric power stations, which under California law, do not qualify as an eligible renewable resource.

Notification of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Application Filing for Approval for Recovery In Rates of Costs Previously Deemed Reasonabl Associated with the Valuation of Its Hydroelectric Generation Assets (A.08-04-022)

Legislation passed in 1997 required the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") to calculate the value of all utility-owned electric generation plants as part of the restructuring of the electric market. PG&E incurred costs in the CPUC proceedings reviewing the possible divestiture of the plants as part of the valuation. After the energy crisis of 2000-2001, the Legislature passed a new law that prevented utilities from selling any more generation plants as part of the industry restructuring. Although the CPUC is no longer considering the sale of any of PG&E's remaining electric generation plants, some of the costs that PG&E incurred as part of the CPUC process and that were previously reviewed and approved for recovery by the CPUC, were deferred for recovery as a result of the new law. This application filing requests recovery in rates of those previously approved costs.

Detailed information about PG&E's Application: On April 14, 2008, PG&E filed A.08-04-022 with the CPUC, asking to recover in rates $46.9 million in principal and interest in costs already deemed reasonable by the CPUC, and ongoing interest associated with the proceedings considering the possible divestiture of its hydroelectric facilities. CPUC Decision (D.) 03-02-028 found these costs reasonable but deferred PG&E's ability to recover the costs in rates until after 2006. PG&E originally filed for recovery of the costs by advice letter in 2006, but the CPUC ruled that the recovery of the costs should be sought by either petition or application.

How does this affect rates? If the CPUC approves PG&E's full request, including interest, it would result in an increase that is less than 1% of PG&E's total revenue (the total amount of money customers pay in a year for the electric services they receive). The average increase in electric rates would be 0.4% and would not have a significant impact on individual customers' rates.

THE CPUC PROCESS
The CPUC's independent Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will review this application, analyze the proposal and present an independent analysis and recommendations for the CPUC's consideration. Other parties of record may also participate.

Because the CPUC previously held hearings to consider the reasonableness of these costs, PG&E has not requested evidentiary hearings on its proposal. However, members of the public may file written comments on the proposal. After reviewing comments, the ALJ will issue a draft decision. When the CPUC acts on this application, it may adopt all or part of PG&E's request, amend or modify it or deny the application. The CPUC's final decision may be different from PG&E's proposed application filing.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For more details call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000

CPUC Contact Information:
Public Advisor's Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102
1-415-703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll free)
TTY 1-415-703-5282, TTY 1-866-836-7825 (toll free)
E-mail to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

If you are writing a letter to the Public Advisor's Office, please include the application number (A.08-04-022). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned Administrative Law Judge and the Energy Division staff.

Notification of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Application for Recovery of Catastrophic Event Costs (CEMA) in Electric Rates (A.08-03-017)

What is CEMA and What Does It Do?
CEMA stands for Catastrophic Event Memorandum Account. State law and the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") allow public utilities to recover the incremental costs of: (1) restoring utility service to its customers; (2) repairing, replacing or restoring damaged utility facilities; and (3) complying with government agency orders resulting from declared disasters, as a result of catastrophic events. The CPUC also authorized utilities to record capital-related costs such as depreciation and return on capitalized plant additions resulting from the restoration activities. The CPUC provided that costs recorded in a utility's CEMA "may be recovered in rates only after a request by the affected utility, a showing of their reasonableness, and approval by the CPUC."

On March 28, 2008, PG&E filed Application NO. 08-03-017 with the CPUC seeking authority to recover catastrophic event costs incurred in connection with a series of intense winter storms beginning January 3, 2008, and continuing through January 6, 2008. PG&E estimates that its electric revenues to cover these costs will increase by $19.24 million over a two-year period beginning January 1, 2009. The largest portion of this increase will be collected in 2009 and is approximately $16.88 million, or about 0.15 percent.

How does this affect rates?
If this application is approved, it would result in an increase of less than one percent of PG&E's total annual revenue. The increase in rates resulting from this application will not appear in rates until January 1, 2009, and will be collected in rates over two years. As stated on the reverse side of this notice, the largest portion of this increase will be collected in 2009 and is approximately $16.88 million or about a 0.15 percent.

THE CPUC PROCESS
The CPUC's independent Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will review this application, analyze the proposal and present an independent analysis and recommendations for the CPUC's consideration. Other parties of record may also participate.

The CPUC may hold evidentiary hearings where parties of record present their proposals in testimony and are subject to cross-examination before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). These hearings are open to the public, but only those who are parties of record are allowed to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses during evidentiary hearings.

After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the hearing process, the ALJ will issue a draft decision. When the CPUC acts on this application, it may adopt all or part of PG&E's request, amend or modify it or deny the application. The CPUC's final decision may be different from PG&E's proposed application filing.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For more details call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000

You may also contact the CPUC's Public Advisor with comments or questions as follows:
Public Advisor's Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102
1-415-703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll free)
TTY 1-415-703-5282, TTY 1-866-836-7825 (toll free)
E-mail to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

If you are writing a letter to the Public Advisor's Office, please include the application number (A.08-03-017). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned Administrative Law Judge and the Energy Division staff.