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Pacific gas and electric company’s notice to adjust your rates for the 2015–2017 energy savings assistance and california alternate rates for energy programs (A.14-11-010)

Summary

On November 18, 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) proposed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a request to approve funding for the 2015-2017 Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) and California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) programs and budgets effective January 1, 2015.

 

In Decision 14-08-030, the CPUC authorized funding for the year 2015 at the authorized 2014 budget level of $176.8 million for both programs. Following D.14-08-030, the CPUC also issued General Rate Case Decision 14-08-032. As a result, PG&E is requesting an increase to our revenue requirement in 2015 for the ESA program of $0.1 million. In addition, PG&E is requesting a revenue requirement decrease of $7.2 million in 2016 and an increase of $2.8 million in 2017. For the CARE program, PG&E is seeking a revenue requirement increase of $0.2 million in 2015 to reflect certain authorized revenue changes as directed in D.14-08-030 and D.14-08-032. In addition, PG&E is requesting a revenue requirement increase of $2.9 million in 2016 and $1.1 million in 2017.

 

Background
In this filing, PG&E seeks approval to continue offering these financial and energy efficiency assistance programs. The ESA Program provides income-qualified renters and homeowners with easy, free solutions to help manage their energy use each month.

 

The CARE Program provides a monthly discount on energy bills for households and housing facilities that meet the program's income-qualifications. Qualifications are based on the number of persons living in the home and the total gross annual household income.

 

How will PG&E's application affect me?
If approved, this application would result in an increase of less than one percent in PG&E's total annual electric and gas revenue requirements for the ESA and CARE programs from 2014 to 2015. The requested electric and gas revenue for 2015 would be collected from customers as described inside.

PROJECTED ELECTRIC RATE CHANGES BY CLASS AND BUNDLED SERVICE

Present Rates ($/kWh)Proposed Rates ($/kWh)Total Rate ChangePercent Rate Change
Residential

$0.17228

$0.17230

$0.00002

0.01%

Small Commercial

$0.20666

$0.20668

$0.00002

0.01%

Medium Commercial

$0.18723

$0.18725

$0.00002

0.01%

Large Commercial (E19)

$0.16103

$0.16105

$0.00002

0.01%

Streetlights

$0.19244

$0.19246

$0.00002

0.01%

Standby

$0.13753

$0.13756

$0.00003

0.02%

Agriculture

$0.15485

$0.15488

$0.00003

0.02%

Industrial

$0.13106

$0.13108

$0.00002

0.02%

Total System Rate Change

$0.16890

$0.16893

$0.00003

0.02%

PROJECTED GAS RATE CHANGES BY CLASS FOR CORE BUNDLED SERVICE

Present Rates ($/therm)Proposed Rates ($/therm)Total Rate ChangePercent Rate Change
Residential

$1.37358

$1.37396

$0.00038

0.03%

Small Commercial

$1.00773

$1.00789

$0.00016

0.02%

Large Commercial

$0.78780

$0.78823

$0.00043

0.05%

Natural Gas Vehicle(Customer Compression)

$0.65938

$0.65943

$0.00005

0.01%

Natural Gas Vehicle(PG&E Compression)

$1.194007

$1.194012

$0.00005

0.00%

PROJECTED GAS RATE CHANGES BY CLASS FOR NONCORE CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE THEIR GAS FROM OTHER SUPPLIERS

Present Rates ($/therm)Proposed Rates ($/therm)Total Rate ChangePercent Rate Change
Industrial Distribution

$0.23236

$0.23250

$0.00014

0.06%

Industrial Transmission

$0.09751

$0.09761

$0.00010

0.10%

Industrial Backbone

$0.05420

$0.05430

$0.00010

0.18%

Electric Generation: D/T

$0.05562

$0.05562

$0.00000

0.00%

Electric Generation: Backbone

$0.01981

$0.01981

$0.00000

0.00%

Natural Gas Vehicle: T (Customer Compression)

$0.08123

$0.08128

$0.00005

0.06%

PROJECTED GAS RATE CHANGES BY CLASS FOR WHOLESALE TRANSPORT SERVICE

Present Rates ($/therm)Proposed Rates ($/therm)Total Rate ChangePercent Rate Change
Alpine Natural Gas

$0.055710

$0.055710

$0.00000

0.00%

Coalinga

$0.056590

$0.056590

$0.00000

0.00%

Island Energy

$0.075900

$0.075900

$0.00000

0.00%

Palo Alto

$0.051760

$0.051760

$0.00000

0.00%

West Coast Gas: Castle

$0.214780

$0.214780

$0.00000

0.00%

West Coast Gas: Mather Distribution

$0.257470

$0.257470

$0.00000

0.00%

West Coast Gas: Mather Transmission

$0.059510

$0.059510

$0.00000

0.00%

These increases in customers' bills would be collected through the Public Purpose Program (PPP) charge, which funds various programs, including those for low income customers, as required by California law and/or the CPUC. This charge is paid by bundled, direct access, community choice aggregation and eligible departing load customers. CARE customers are not charged for costs to the CARE program, which is a part of the PPP surcharge.

 

  • Bundled service customers are those who receive electric generation, as well as transmission and distribution service from PG&E
  • Direct access customers only receive transmission and distribution service from PG&E
  • Community choice aggregation customers also only receive transmission and distribution service from PG&E

 

How do I find out more about PG&E's proposals?
You can view PG&E's application and exhibits at www.ora.ca.com. Select 'Low Income Program PY15-17' from the Cases dropdown menu.

 

If you have questions about PG&E's application, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 FREE. TDD/TTY users call 1-800-652-4712 FREE.

 

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
2015–2017 ESA CARE 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 www.cpuc.ca.gov.


How does the CPUC's decision-making process work?

This Application will be assigned to an Administrative Law Judge (Judge) who will determine how to receive evidence and other related documents necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon which to base its decision. Evidentiary Hearings (EHs) may be held where parties of record will present their testimony and may be subject to cross-examination by other parties. These EHs are open to the public, but only those who are parties of record can participate.

 

After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned Judge will issue a proposed decision which may adopt PG&E's proposal, modify it or deny it. Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon at a scheduled CPUC Voting Meeting.

 

As a party of record, the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) will review this application. ORA is the independent consumer advocate within the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent investor-owned utility customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. ORA has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. Other parties of record will also participate in the CPUC's proceeding to consider this application. For more information about ORA, please call 1-415-703-1584 FREE, email ora@cpuc.ca.gov or visit ORA's website at www.ora.ca.gov.


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Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

 

Mail:
Public Advisor Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102

 

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