Archive: Electric energy and demand bill

For reference purposes only

In August 2013, PG&E transitioned to a new energy statement format and retired the bill format shown here. The below format is no longer in use.


Learn more about the current statement format

Snap-shot of a detailed bill


9. Taxes
ECT – A tax we collect for the state of California based on the electric use during a billing period. This tax is $0.0002 per kilo watt hour (kwh).

Public purpose program surcharge

If you are a gas customer, your bill includes a gas public purpose program (PPP) surcharge, which is used to fund state-mandated gas assistance programs for low-income customers, energy efficiency programs, and public-interest research and development.


A tax we collect for a city or county government. The tax (if any) is a percentage of your energy charges.

17. Service ID number
A new 10-digit number that uniquely identifies a customer’s service (agreement) tied to the account. The service agreement makes use of rates, billing days, metering information, and other factors in order to calculate applicable charges.

18. Rate schedule
This identifies the type of utility service you receive and the rate schedule used to calculate your bill.

19. Meter reading serial
This identifies the type of utility service you receive and the rate schedule used to calculate your bill.

20. Rotating outage block
This is your rotating outage block with sub-block information.

21. Prior meter read and current meter read
The reading on your meter at the beginning and end of the billing period.

22. Difference
The difference between the prior and current meter reads.

23. Meter constant
A factor that converts electric meter read differences to kilo watt hours (kwh).

24. Usage

The amount of electricity used in a billing period, in kwh.

25. Bill segment dates
When the rate changes within a billing period, the calculated charges are separated by the effective date of the rate change.

26. Net charges
The cost of your electric service including the 10 percent rate reduction, energy surcharges, and any applicable discounts.

27. Electric charge breakdown

Generation -
For bundled service customers, this charge is established to pay for electricity using generation rates found in each rate schedule. For DA customers, this charge consists of Direct Access Cost Responsibility Surcharge (DA-CRS) as set forth in Schedule EC.

Transmission -
The cost of transmitting electricity from power plants, over high-voltage lines and towers, to the distribution system.

Distribution - A charge for the lower-voltage system of power lines, poles, substations and transformers directly connected to homes and businesses.

Public Purpose Programs -
Funds efforts considered by law to benefit society, such as low-income ratepayer assistance and energy efficiency.

Nuclear Decommissioning -
A fee to restore plant sites to as near their original condition as possible once they are shut down.

Trust Transfer Amount (TTA) -
The cost of repaying state-authorized bonds used to refinance - at better terms - a portion of past investments previously included in rates and authorized by the CPUC. This charge applies only to accounts qualified for the 10 % rate reduction.

DWR Bond Charge -
This charge recovers the cost of bonds issued to finance a portion of the historic cost of power purchased by California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to serve electric customers. DWR bond revenues are collected on behalf of DWR and do not belong to PG&E. The DWR Bond Charge is imbedded in current rates and it is not a rate increase.

Ongoing CTC -
The charge for the cost of electricity that is in excess of the market price, as determined by the CPUC.

Energy Cost Recovery Amount -
These charges are approved by the CPUC and authorized by California Public Utilities Code Section 848 et seq. The purpose of these charges is to pay the principal, interest, and other costs associated with Energy Recovery Bonds (Bonds) that were issued by a Special Purpose Entity (SPE). One of these charges is the Dedicated Rate Component (DRC), which is $0.00393 per kWh. The right to receive DRC revenues has been transferred to the SPE and does not belong to PG&E. This right is called Recovery Property. PG&E collects the DRC on behalf of the SPE, which uses these funds to pay Bond principal, interest, and other Bond-related costs. The SPE transferred the net Bond proceeds to PG&E to purchase Recovery Property from PG&E. PG&E used the proceeds from the sale of Recovery Property to refinance its bankruptcy Regulatory Asset, which was established by the Commission to help finance PG&E’s emergence from bankruptcy.

28. Demand Detail

The maximum load (expressed in kilowatts, or kW) placed on PG&E’s system by the customer’s equipment as recorded over a specific interval of time normally 15 minutes.

29. Total Charges

The total of your electric charges.

30. Usage Comparison Box

This usage Comparison Box now reflects a single commodity.

31. Rotating Outage Block Message