Gas Accord V Approved

Thursday, April 14, 2011

On Thursday, April 14, PG&E's California Gas Transmission received a final decision in its 2011 Gas Transmission and Storage Rate Case from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Rate Case comprehensive settlement agreement, known as the Gas Accord V, sets rates for gas transmission and storage services for the four-year period from 2011 through 2014.

Following this approval, CGT will file a Compliance Filing with the CPUC on or before April 20, laying out the 2011 rates. In all likelihood, these rates will be effective on May 1, 2011. Once the Compliance Filing is made, we will make the new rates available here on Pipe Ranger.

In addition to general rate changes, a few other significant changes are effective with Gas Accord V:

  1. Baja firm rates will be bifurcated, with separate rates now applicable to Core and Noncore customers.
  2. The differential between Core Baja and Core Redwood rates will be narrowed significantly as a result of spreading the cost benefit of Core's vintage Redwood rate to both paths.
  3. The OFO exemption will change from $1,000 per event per customer to 1,000 Dth per event per customer. (Any noncompliance situation which is below 1,000 Dth per event per customer will be exempt from noncompliance charges.)
  4. The Core Distribution in-kind Shrinkage will be changed from an annual rate of 1.4% to a seasonal rate of 0.9% for summer (April - October) and 1.6% for winter (November - March).

CGT Account Services Representatives are available to answer any questions you may have, and can be reached by calling CGT's Helpline at 800.343.4743.

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