CPUC to hold public forums on PG&E’s rate request

South San Francisco, CA   July 2, 2019 Submitted by John C Baker, Local Government Liaison, Executive Division, CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold public forums for customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to give their perspective and input to the CPUC regarding the utility’s rate case request, as follows:

Date and Time Meeting Location
July 9, 2019, 1 p.m. CPUC Auditorium
505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

July 25, 2019, 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m. Alfred E. Alquist State Office Building Auditorium
100 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113

July 26, 2019, 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m.

County Government Center, County Board of Supervisors’ Chamber
1055 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

These public forums, called a Public Participation Hearings, will begin with a brief presentation on the proceeding and an overview of PG&E’s rate request; then public comments will be heard. The CPUC Administrative Law Judges assigned to this proceeding are scheduled to write a Proposed Decision in the case for CPUC Commissioner consideration by the end of 2020.

The CPUC welcomes attendance and comment on PG&E’s rate request at these public forums, as public comments will help the CPUC reach an informed decision. Remote access is available for certain forums to provide additional means of access. Customers who cannot attend a public forum in person, can listen/watch one of the forums that offers remote access. For those unable to attend in person, written comments may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov. Please refer to proceeding number A.18-012-009 on any written or email correspondence. All public comments received are provided to the CPUC’s Commissioners and the Administrative Law Judges assigned to the proceeding.

PG&E provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 16 million people in northern and central California. On December 13, 2018, PG&E submitted an application requesting CPUC approval to increase its gas, electric distribution, and electric generation revenues by $1.058 billion (or 12.4 percent) in 2020 over current revenues; by $454 million (or 4.7 percent) in 2021; and by $486 million (or 4.8 percent) in 2022.

PG&E proposes to increase rates to meet precautionary measures to further reduce wildfire risks, including taking additional steps to harden infrastructure and increase vegetation management. According to PG&E, key drivers of the 2020 revenue requirement (the total amount of revenue needed to pay all operating costs and capital-related costs) increase include community wildfire safety program (6.8 percent); liability insurance (3.2 percent); and core gas and electric operations (2.4 percent). The 2020 proposed increase translates to a bill impact of 6.4 percent, or $10.57 per month, for PG&E’s typical residential electric and gas customer.

This proceeding is referred to as PG&E’s General Rate Case (GRC). A GRC is a public proceeding at the CPUC that most utilities go through every three years. GRCs enable the CPUC to set the revenue a utility will collect from its consumers through rates. You can learn more about utility GRCs in our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRksVgvkc-Y.

Documents related to this proceeding are available at: https://apps.cpuc.ca.gov/apex/f?p=401:56:0::NO:RP,57,RIR:P5_PROCEEDING_SELECT:A1812009.

While a quorum of Commissioners and/or their staff may attend, no official action will be taken on this matter at the public forums.

If specialized accommodations are needed to attend, such as non-English or sign language interpreters, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or toll free at 866-849-8390 at least three business days in advance of the public forum. For more information on public forums, please see www.cpuc.ca.gov/PPH.

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