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NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S REQUEST TO INCREASE RATES FOR ITS ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGE 2 APPLICATION (A.21-10-010)
Acronyms you need to know
PG&E: Pacific Gas and Electric Company
CPUC: California Public Utilities Commission
Why am I receiving this notice?
On October 26, 2021, PG&E filed its Electric Vehicle Charge 2 application with the CPUC. The application proposes $224.4 million to be collected in rates over an eight-year period, from 2023 to 2030.
Why is PG&E requesting this rate change?
The application builds on the success of the first Electric Vehicle Charge Network program (A.15-02-009) by installing more Level 2 charging infrastructure at multifamily housing units and workplaces. In addition, PG&E is proposing to install Level 2 electric vehicle infrastructure at publicly accessible locations such as shopping centers, local government buildings, park-and-ride lots and many others. Level 2 charging typically adds 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging.
The application also includes proposals for installing Direct Current Fast Charging infrastructure at publicly accessible locations. Public fast charging is critical to increasing electric vehicle adoption as it builds driver confidence in their ability to charge away from home and provides access to drivers who do not have residential charging. Direct Current Fast Charging typically adds 60 or more miles of range per 20 minutes of charging.
The proposals included in this application are also crucial to achieving California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.
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 currently in effect, the bill for a typical residential customer using 500 kWh per month would increase from $139.68 to $140.18, or 0.4%.
Nonbundled customers include Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers that only receive electric transmission and distribution services from PG&E. On average, these customers would see an increase of 0.5%.
Another category of nonbundled customers is Departing Load. These customers do not receive electric generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E. However, these customers are required to pay certain charges by law or CPUC decision. On average, these customers would see an increase of 0.4%.
Actual impacts will vary depending on usage and are subject to CPUC regulatory approval.
How does the rest of this process work?
This application will be 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 PublicAdvocatesOffice@cpuc.ca.gov or visit PublicAdvocates.cpuc.ca.gov.
Where can I get more information?
If you have questions about PG&E’s filing, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TTY, call 1-800-652-4712.
If you would like a copy of the filing and exhibits, please write to the address below:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Electric Vehicle Charge 2 Application (A.21-10-010)
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120
Please visit apps.cpuc.ca.gov/c/A2110010 to submit a comment about this proceeding on the CPUC Docket Card. Here you can also 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 at:
Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Call: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074
Please reference the Electric Vehicle Charge 2 Application A.21-10-010 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.