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NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S REQUEST TO INCREASE RATES FOR ITS 2023 GAS TRANSMISSION & STORAGE COST ALLOCATION AND RATE DESIGN APPLICATION (A.21-09-018)
Acronyms you need to know PG&E: Pacific Gas and Electric Company CPUC: California Public Utilities Commission
Why am I receiving this notice?
On September 30, 2021, PG&E filed with the CPUC its 2023 Gas Transmission & Storage Cost Allocation and Rate Design application, known as the GT&S CARD application.
This is the first time PG&E is filing GT&S CARD as a separate application addressing how gas transmission rates are designed. Going forward, PG&E is proposing this application be filed every four years.
Why is PG&E requesting this rate change?
This application includes the design and allocation of costs previously proposed in the General Rate Case Phase 1 related to gas transmission and gas storage facilities. Gas transmission lines bring gas from California’s borders to the various parts of PG&E’s service territory. Gas storage facilities allow for storing gas to meet changing demands on the system in the most cost-efficient way. There are no new costs being requested in this application.
PG&E’s gas rates are designed by dividing approved costs among each customer class (residential, commercial, etc.) based on updated information on how each class uses the gas systems.
How could this affect my monthly gas rates?
Bundled gas customers receive transmission, distribution, and procurement services from PG&E.
If PG&E’s rate request is approved by the CPUC, the average monthly bill for a typical residential customer averaging 31 therms per month would increase from $56.34 to $56.37, or 0.1%, based on currently authorized costs.
Detailed rate information is also being sent directly to customers. Actual impacts will vary depending on usage and are subject to CPUC regulatory approval. Future applications may also change this application’s impact on rates.
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
2023 GT&S CARD Application (A.21-09-018)
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120
Please visit apps.cpuc.ca.gov/c/A2109018 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 2023 GT&S CARD Application A.21-09-018 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.