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NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARING FOR PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S
GENERAL RATE CASE PHASE II APPLICATION (A.19-11-019)
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold an evidentiary hearing at the time and place below regarding Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) General Rate Case Phase II application (A.19-11-019).
At this hearing, PG&E, consumer advocacy groups, and other parties to this proceeding testify before a CPUC Administrative Law Judge regarding PG&E’s request. The public can attend and listen to the proceeding but are not allowed to testify.
Where and when will the Evidentiary Hearing be held?
In compliance with the Governor’s directive and CPUC’s ongoing efforts to protect customers and community members, there will be no in-person physical location for the evidentiary hearing and will instead hold the hearing virtually. Please monitor the CPUC’s daily calendar (located at www.cpuc.ca.gov) for any changes relating to the evidentiary hearing.
Dates Time/Location/Remote Access
April 8, 9, 12-14, 16, 19 and 22, 2021 This information will be made available on the CPUC’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov.
Why is PG&E requesting this rate increase?
On November 22, 2019, PG&E filed its 2020 General Rate Case Phase II application (A.19-11-019) with the CPUC. In this application, PG&E is proposing to adopt rates that more accurately reflect what it costs to serve each customer class. This results in rate increases for some customer classes and decreases for other customer classes.
In the second phase of the General Rate Case, rates are designed by dividing approved electric costs among each customer class (residential, commercial, etc.). There are no new costs proposed in this Phase II application. This application concerns rate designs that will incorporate rate changes from other PG&E proceedings, including PG&E’s Phase I General Rate Case, and would be phased in over at least three years. The section below, which shows how the proposed rate change could affect your monthly bill, does not include other rate changes that may be approved by the CPUC.
How could this affect my monthly electric rates?
Many customers receive bundled electric service from PG&E, meaning they receive electric generation, transmission and distribution services. Based on rates presented in this filing, the cumulative effect after the initial three-year phase-in of rate adjustments for a typical non-CARE bundled residential customer using 500 kWh per month would decrease their bill from $127.40 to about $126.66, or -0.6%. A similar customer using 700 kWh per month would see a bill decrease from $188.75 to about $186.40, or -1.2%.
Direct Access and Community Choice Aggregation are unbundled electric service customers who only receive electric transmission and distribution services from PG&E. On average, these customers would see a decrease of -0.1%.
Other Departing Load customers do not receive electric generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E. However, these customers are still required to pay certain charges by law or CPUC decision. On average, these customers would see a rate increase of 6.3%.
Actual impacts will vary depending on usage.
How does the rest of this process work?
This application has been assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge who will consider proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process. The Administrative Law Judge will issue a proposed decision that may adopt PG&E’s application, modify it, or deny it. Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision with a different outcome. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon by the CPUC Commissioners at a public CPUC Voting Meeting.
Parties to the proceeding are currently reviewing PG&E’s application, including the Public Advocates Office, which is an independent consumer advocate within the CPUC that represents customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. For more information about the Public Advocates Office, please call 1-415-703-1584, email [email protected], or visit PublicAdvocates.cpuc.ca.gov.
Where can I get more information?
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
2020 GRC Phase II Application (A.19-11-019)
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120
Please visit cpuc.ca.gov/A1911019Comment to submit a comment about this proceeding on the CPUC Docket Card. Here you can view documents and other public comments related to this proceeding. Your participation by providing your thoughts on PG&E’s request can help the CPUC make an informed decision.
If you have questions about CPUC processes, you may contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office.
Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Email: [email protected]
Please reference 2020 GRC Phase II Application A.19-11-019 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.