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NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARING FOR PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S RECOVERY OF ELECTRIC PURCHASES AND THE CALIFORNIA CLIMATE CREDIT FOR 2021 (A.20-07-002)

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) may hold an evidentiary hearing at the time and place below regarding PG&E’s application A.20-07-002.

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, the CPUC may determine that there will be no in-person physical location for the evidentiary hearing and may instead hold the hearing through other means such as via internet or via phone participation. Please monitor the CPUC’s daily calendar (located at www.cpuc.ca.gov) for any changes relating to the evidentiary hearing and the manner in which it will be held.

Date Time/Location/Remote Access
October 21, 2020

 

 

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 July 1, 2020, PG&E filed its 2021 Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) Forecast application with the CPUC. PG&E requested approval of forecasts related to the following:

  • Recovery of approximately $2.8 billion in costs for generating electricity and costs of buying energy from third parties to serve bundled customer load
  • Setting charges for bundled and departing load customers to recover purchased power costs for these customers, including the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA), Ongoing Competition Transition Charge (CTC) and Cost Allocation Mechanism (CAM)
  • Compliance with government mandates recovered through the Tree Mortality Non-bypassable Charge (TMNBC)
  • The California Climate Credit to be applied twice a year for residential electric customers and once a year for residential gas customers

How could this affect my monthly electric rates?

Most 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 nonCARE customer using 500 kWh per month would increase from $127.45 to $128.42, or 0.8%.

Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) are unbundled electric service customers who only receive electric transmission and distribution services from PG&E. PG&E does not purchase energy for these customers. However, as mentioned above, this application addresses recovery of certain costs incurred before their departure.

These customers also receive the benefit of the California Climate Credit. In addition, eligible nonresidential DA and CCA customers receive the benefit of the greenhouse gas allowance returns. The impact of PG&E’s application on these customers is an average increase of 2.3%.

Other Departing Load 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 decisions in the form of exit fees. The impact of PG&E’s application on these customers is an average decrease of -3.3%.

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, please call 1-415-703-1584, email [email protected], or visit PublicAdvocates.cpuc.ca.gov.

Your participation by providing your thoughts on PG&E’s request can help the CPUC make an informed decision.

Where can I get more information?

Contact PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company
2021 ERRA Forecast Application (A.20-07-002)
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120

Phone: 1-800-743-5000

TTY: 1-800-652-4712

Contact CPUC

  • Please visit cpuc.ca.gov/A2007002Comment 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.
  • 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]

Phone: 1-866-849-8390

Please reference Recovery of Electric Purchases and the California Climate Credit for 2021 Application (A.20-07-002) in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.