September 2013 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.

PG&E delivers some of the nation’s cleanest electric power. More than half of the electricity we provide to our customers comes from sources that are renewable and/or emit no greenhouse gases. In fact, PG&E’s electricity creates only one-third as many greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt-hour compared to the industry average.

Power Mix


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

Actual 2012 electric resources for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), as reported to the California Energy Commission.

Power Content 2012

As a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) agriculture customer, you may be eligible for one of the electric rate schedules summarized below. Your current rate schedule can be found at the beginning of the Electric Account Detail section of your energy statement, or online at pge.com/MyEnergy. My Energy allows you to see detailed data about your gas and electric use, what your bill may be if you choose another rate and even a personalized action plan for conserving energy and saving money.

If you would like to schedule a rate change, or have further questions, please contact your local PG&E business representative or call PG&E’s Agricultural Hotline at 1-877-311-3276 (FARM).

ELECTRIC RATE SCHEDULES
AG-1 is for customers who have low operating hours. This rate is not available to customers whose meter registers a maximum demand of 200 kW or more for three consecutive months. AG-1 customers with 12 months of interval data will transition to AG-4 on their March billing date of each year.

Time-of-Use (TOU) Rates are slightly higher during peak hours on weekday afternoons when demand is higher, typically noon to 6 p.m., May through October. In return, rates are lower than the peak rate at all other times. Selection of a TOU rate may entail an electric meter upgrade requiring clear access. In most cases there is no charge for this upgrade.

AG-4 is a time-of-use rate for customers with low to moderate annual operating hours. Agriculture customers with a single motor of at least 35 horsepower (hp) or multiple motors of at least 15 hp could save money on the AG-4C rate schedule if energy use can be minimized during peak and partial peak hours on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

AG-5 is a time-of-use rate for customers with high annual operating hours and higher demand. Agriculture customers with a single motor of at least 35 hp or multiple motors of at least 15 hp could save money on the AG-5C rate schedule if energy use can be minimized during peak and partial peak hours on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Net Energy Metering Service (NEM, NEMFC) rates are for customers who operate a fuel cell, photovoltaic (solar) system or wind electric generating facility on their premises with a maximum total capacity of 1,000 kW. These rates are available when eligible electricity is generated and offsets all or part of a customer’s electric load when connected to the PG&E grid. Customers may interconnect more than one generator, each subject to different rate treatment (for example, NEMFC and NEM solar), on a single account.

To learn more about Net Energy Metering Services visit pge.com/gen, or contact PG&E at gen@pge.com for more information about additional net metering options.

E-SRG is available for renewable generators up to 1.5 megawatts. For more information, email gen@pge.com.

Peak Day Pricing is a Time-Varying Pricing Plan that combines a time-of-use rate with Peak Day Pricing event day surcharges. Participants in this program are incentivized to reduce electric use on a few days throughout the year when demand is highest—between 9 and 15 “event days” annually. A higher rate is charged during peak times on event days. In return, between May 1 and October 31, businesses receive credits for electricity use. Bill protection is provided for the first year, so you can participate without risk.

Bundled service agricultural customers with a demand greater than or equal to 200 kW for three consecutive months have started automatically transitioning to Peak Day Pricing. Other eligibility criteria and exclusions apply. To learn more about Peak Day Pricing visit pge.com/pdp.

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) provides agricultural customers a monthly discount on energy bills for qualifying agricultural housing facilities. To learn more about the CARE program visit pge.com/CARE.

DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAMS
Demand Bidding Program (E-DBP) offers customers on demand time-of-use rate schedule incentives for reducing their energy consumption when requested by PG&E. AG-R and AG-V customers are not eligible for E-DBP.*

Base Interruptible Program (E-BIP) offers customers on demand time-of-use rate schedule incentives for reducing their energy consumption down to or below a pre-selected firm service level when requested by PG&E. AG-R and AG-V customers are not eligible for E-BIP.*

Capacity Bidding Program (E-CBP) offers incentives to customers on commercial, industrial or agricultural electric rate schedules for reducing energy consumption by a nominated capacity amount when requested by PG&E.

To learn more about Demand Response programs, visit pge.com/demandresponse.

*AG-R and AG-V rate schedules are closed to new enrollment and will be eliminated beginning in March 2014 for customers with 12 months of interval data.

For Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers, PG&E delivers the electricity to your home or business, and your DA or CCA provider purchases and/or generates the electricity you consume. Net Metering, CCA and DA customers are eligible for many, but not all, of the rate schedules or features of rate schedules listed in this notice. For more information, call the numbers below or call your DA or CCA provider.

On August 1, 2013, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) submitted an application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to forecast revenues of $529.9 million to be returned to customers from the sale of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances under California’s GHG emissions reduction program, and to recover $4.3 million in administrative and outreach costs related to this program in 2014. If this application is approved, PG&E will return revenues from the program to customers via bill credits starting in January, 2014.

About the program to reduce GHG emissions
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) encourages the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by placing a cap on the amount of GHG emissions a facility can emit. This is regulated through the implementation of GHG allowances, or permits. Under California’s GHG reduction program, starting in 2013, CARB allocated PG&E and other California utilities GHG emissions allowances to be sold for the benefit of customers and to mitigate the cost impact of the program. PG&E is required to sell its allowances in an auction and pass the revenue from the sale to its customers, less some expenses for administration and outreach costs. PG&E does not profit from the sale of these GHG allowances.

How will PG&E’s application affect me?
If the application is approved, revenues from the sale of GHG allowances will be returned to PG&E’s residential and small business customers, and some industrial customers, as directed by state law. While the exact amounts of those revenues may change—they are subject to regulatory approval and market factors—the legislature and CPUC have determined the order and method by which they are returned to customers.* They are:

  • First, to some Industrial customers annually, via a fixed-amount bill credit.
  • Then, to Small Business and Residential customers each month until 2020, via a bill credit based on usage.
  • Then, an additional credit for all Residential households semi-annually, via a fixed-amount bill credit, forecast to be approximately $35.03. This amount will appear on customers’ energy statement as a “Climate Dividend”, and will be adjusted based on the actual revenue from the sale of GHG allowances.

How do I find out more about PG&E’s application?
You can view PG&E’s application and exhibits at pge.com/RegCases. Select "Greenhouse Gas OIR" from the Cases dropdown menu.

If you have questions about PG&E’s application, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TDD/TTY (speech-hearing impaired), call
1-800-652-4712.

If you would like a copy of PG&E’s application and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the address below:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
GHG OIR Application
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120

A copy of PG&E’s application and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–noon. PG&E’s application (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc.

How does the CPUC’s decision making process work?
The application will be reviewed through the CPUC formal administrative law process. The application will be assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ presides over the proceeding, which develops a formal record that the ALJ relies upon in drafting a Decision to present to the five-member Commission. The CPUC’s Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will review this application and participate in the proceeding. The DRA is an independent arm of the CPUC, which represents the interests of all utility customers. The DRA’s views do not necessarily reflect those of the CPUC. Other parties of record may also participate.

Evidentiary hearings are often held in a proceeding to give parties of record an opportunity to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses. Members of the public may attend but not participate in these hearings.

After considering all proposals and evidence presented, the ALJ will issue a draft decision based upon the established record. 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.

If you would like to follow this proceeding or any other issue before the CPUC, you may utilize the CPUC’s free and confidential subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov/.

If you would like to learn how you can participate in this proceeding, or if you have comments or questions, you may access the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc and click on “Public Advisor” from the CPUC Information menu. You can also:

Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov 
Mail: Public Advisor’s Office                   
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103                       
San Francisco, CA 94102

Call: (415) 703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free)
TTY: (415) 703-5282 or 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free)

If you are writing or emailing the Public Advisor’s Office, please include the application number (A.13-08-003). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned ALJ and the CPUC staff.

*Proposed classifications and payments are subject to CPUC approval.
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