PG&E rate change request

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NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S REQUEST TO CHANGE RATES FOR ITS ENERGY EFFICIENCY APPLICATION (A.22-02-005)

 Acronyms you need to know

PG&E: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

CPUC: California Public Utilities Commission

Why am I receiving this notice?

On February 15, 2022, PG&E filed its Energy Efficiency application as required by the CPUC. The application proposes $1.4 billion to be collected in rates over a 4-year period from 2024 through 2027 to continue funding energy efficiency programs for customers in PG&E’s service area and statewide. The amount included in this application is less than the amount currently in electric rates, resulting in a rate decrease for electric customers.

The application also includes a strategic business plan for 2024 through 2031 but does not seek approval of a revenue requirement for years 2028 through 2031.

Why is PG&E requesting this rate change?

The application describes PG&E’s plans to provide energy efficiency services to residential, commercial, public, industrial, and agricultural customers and support more efficient building codes and appliance standards. These programs will support California’s 2045 carbon neutrality goal, the ability of customers to manage their own energy usage and reduce reliance on backup power during outages.

As required by the CPUC, PG&E’s application also includes funding for energy efficiency programs managed by Community Choice Aggregators and Regional Energy Networks. Approximately 20% of PG&E’s revenue request will be passed on to Community Choice Aggregators and Regional Energy Networks.

Overall, the goal of the application is to ensure customers continue to receive clean, safe, reliable, and affordable electricity.

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.

In the year 2027, which is the year of the highest impact, the bill for a typical residential customer using 500 kWh per month would decrease from $151.53 to $151.17, or 0.2% compared to rates currently in effect.

Direct Access and Community Choice Aggregation customers only receive electric transmission and distribution services from PG&E. PG&E transmission and distribution charges for these customers would decrease by 0.5% if this application is approved. DA providers and CCAs set their own rates. Check with your DA provider or CCA to learn how this would impact your overall bill.

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 a decrease of 2.5%.

Actual impacts will vary depending on usage and are subject to CPUC regulatory approval.

How could this affect my monthly gas rates?

Bundled gas customers receive transmission, distribution, and procurement services from PG&E. In 2027, which is the year of the highest impact, the average monthly bill for a typical residential customer averaging 32 therms per month would increase from $63.06 to $63.38, or 0.5% compared to rates currently in effect.

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 may review PG&E’s application, including the Public Advocates Office. The Public Advocates Office 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?

CONTACT PG&E

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

Energy Efficiency Application (A.22-02-005)

P.O. Box 7442

San Francisco, CA 94120

CONTACT CPUC

Please visit apps.cpuc.ca.gov/c/A2202005 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:

Email: Public.Advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Mail: CPUC

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 Energy Efficiency Application (A.22-02-005) in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.