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Indian Valley Record legal notices for the week of 10/16/2013

NOTIFICATION OF EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS REGARDING PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S 2012 NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING COST TRIENNIAL PROCEEDING (A.12-12-012)

All Rate Issues Regarding Diablo Canyon Power Plant and Humboldt Bay Power Plant Unit 3

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has scheduled evidentiary hearings, which run from October 21 through October 25, 2013, to provide PG&E and formal parties in the proceeding an opportunity to present testimony and cross examine each other on the Diablo Canyon Power Plant Cost Study as well as all Diablo Canyon Power Plant and Humboldt Bay Power Plant Unit 3 rate issues. The hearing schedule follows:

October 21 - October 25, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

California Public Utilities Commission Courtroom
State Office Building
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

The hearings are open to the public, but only those who are formal parties are permitted to participate. The Commission Courtroom is wheelchair accessible. If you wish to attend and need specialized accommodations, please contact the Public Advisor's Office three business days prior to the hearing date. Any changes to the dates, times and locations of the hearings will be noticed on the CPUC's Daily Calendar which is posted on the CPUC website at www.cpuc.ca.gov.

ABOUT THIS APPLICATION
On December 21, 2012, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed an application (A.12-12-012) with the CPUC for the Nuclear Decommissioning Cost Triennial Proceeding (NDCTP). In this application PG&E requests the authority to collect in rates $82.517 million for the Diablo Canyon Units 1 and 2 Nuclear Decommissioning Trusts, $120.383 million for the Humboldt Unit 3 Nuclear Decommissioning Trust, and $9.997 million for Humboldt Unit 3 monitored safe storage operations and maintenance costs. If approved, the proposed revenue will be allocated to the above trusts established by PG&E for the decommissioning of its nuclear facilities.

Every three years, PG&E updates its NDCTP decommissioning cost studies and ratepayer contribution analyses to determine the total cost necessary to fully fund the nuclear decommissioning (i.e. removal from service) of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant and Humboldt Bay Power Plant Unit 3. The updates in cost estimates reflect changes in regulations and lessons learned from other nuclear plants that have been successfully decommissioned. Diablo Canyon is currently in operation and Humboldt Unit 3 is in the process of being decommissioned. These costs also include monitored safe storage of Humboldt Unit 3 until the final dismantling of the facility is complete.

ESTIMATED IMPACT OF THIS PROPOSED REQUEST ON ELECTRIC RATES
If approved, PG&E's request would raise electric rates effective January 1, 2014, for bundled service customers (customers who receive electric generation as well as transmission and distribution service from PG&E) and customers who purchase electricity from other suppliers (direct access (DA) and community choice aggregation (CCA)). For a bundled service residential customer using 550 kWh per month, the bill would increase from $89.35 to $90.03 (0.7%). Another category of customers are departing load customers: they do not receive electric generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E. However, like DA and CCA customers, they are required to pay certain charges, called non-bypassable charges. For these customers, the total revenue increase on the non-bypassable component would be $4.933 million or an average of 14.4% over current rates. A detailed chart illustrating the revenue impact by customer class was provided to customers via a bill package in January. To view the proposed impact by customer class, please visit pge.com/billinserts.

After considering all proposals and evidence presented during hearings and the proceeding process, the ALJ will issue a proposed decision. Any CPUC Commissioner may issue an alternate decision. The proposed and alternate decisions are discussed and acted upon at a CPUC voting meeting where the Commissioners may adopt all or part of PG&E's request, modify it, or deny the application.

A copy of PG&E's application and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. PG&E's application (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND OPINIONS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE CPUC
As part of its decision-making process, the CPUC is interested in your comments or opinions on any aspect of the company's operations, including proposed rates, service quality or any other issue of concern. If you are writing a letter or sending an e-mail to the Public Advisor's Office regarding this proposed application, please include the application number (A.12-12-012) to which you are referring. All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned ALJ, and other appropriate CPUC staff working on this application. All public comments are also added to the CPUC's formal file for this proceeding. Please send all e-mails or written correspondence regarding your comments and opinions to the address listed below:

The Public Advisor's Office
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102
E-Mail: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov
1-415-703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free)
TTY 1-415-703-5282 or 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free)
Published FRB
Oct. 9, 16, 23 2013|

NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY APPLICATION TO RECOVER FORECASTED COSTS
ASSOCIATED WITH CALIFORNIA'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION PROGRAM FOR END-USERS
OF  NATURAL GAS (A.13-09-015)

Summary
On September 30, 2013, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) submitted an application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to establish a mechanism to recover the costs associated with California's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction program for natural gas customers. If this application is approved, PG&E will recover approximately $63 million in forecasted costs for GHG allowances required to comply with the state GHG emissions requirements, starting January 2015, as well as additional costs of a yet undetermined amount in subsequent years. The actual amount of costs to be recovered in 2015, and subsequent years, will depend on final regulations to be adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) before 2015, as well as other factors.

PG&E expects to receive some revenues as part of this program. This revenue will be used to reduce the impact on rates as determined by the CPUC at a later date. PG&E will compare its forecasted costs each year to purchase GHG allowances with the actual costs of those purchases, and incorporate any over- or under-collection in the following year's rates.

About the program to reduce GHG emissions
Starting in 2015, the California GHG reduction program, which currently regulates emissions for electric generators, will expand to include most end-users of natural gas through their natural gas supplier. The CARB oversees the program and proposes to require gas utilities to comply with the regulations, including PG&E, through two mechanisms:
    
¥ PG&E will be required to purchase a number of GHG allowances to meet the GHG compliance obligation for its gas customers. PG&E will recover these purchase costs from customers through gas rates. Certain facilities, which are directly regulated by CARB, will not be charged these costs because they directly purchase their GHG allowances.

¥ PG&E will receive a certain number of allowances to sell for the benefit of its customers. The CPUC will determine how customers will benefit from these revenues in a future proceeding.

How will PG&E's application affect me?
If the application is approved, PG&E's rates and charges for natural gas service will result in an increase to gas rates of approximately two percent in 2015 for certain bundled core customers (those who receive gas, distribution and transmission service from PG&E). In addition, PG&E's rates and charges may increase in years that follow 2015, depending upon PG&E's GHG compliance obligation for those years. The final impact on rates, taking into account the expected revenue return, has not yet been determined. These rate changes will begin in January 2015, when the GHG emission reduction program expands to include end-users of natural gas, and will continue in subsequent years. A table presenting a more illustrative description of the impact of this application was included in a bill insert announcing this filing that was sent directly to customers in October and November.

If the CPUC approves PG&E's request, a typical residential customer using 37 therms per month would see an average monthly gas bill increase of $0.67, from $44.87 to $45.54. A typical small commercial customer using 287 therms per month would see an average monthly gas bill increase of $5.22, from $266.68 to $271.90. Individual customers' bill will differ.

How do I find out more about PG&E's application?
If you have questions about PG&E's application, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
For TDD/TTY (speech-hearing impaired), call 1-800-652-4712.
Para m‡s detalles llame al 1-800-660-6789 ¥ _ _ _ _ _ 1-800-893-9555

If you would like a copy of PG&E's application and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the address below:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Natural Gas Cost Recovery Application
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120
A copy of PG&E's application and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon. PG&E's application (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc.

How does the CPUC's decision making process work?
The application will be reviewed through the CPUC formal administrative law process. The application will be assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ presides over the proceeding, which may include evidentiary hearings often held in a proceeding to give parties of record an opportunity to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses. Members of the public may attend but not participate in these hearings. The hearings and documents submitted in the proceeding become part of the formal record that the ALJ relies upon in writing a proposed decision to present to the five-member Commission.

Any CPUC Commissioner may issue an alternate decision. The proposed and any alternate decision are acted upon at a CPUC voting meeting. When the CPUC acts on this application, it may adopt all or part of PG&E's request, modify it or deny the application.

If you would like to follow this proceeding or any other issue before the CPUC, you may utilize the CPUC's free and confidential subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov/.
If you would like to learn how you can participate in this proceeding, or if you have comments or questions, you may access the CPUC's Public Advisor's website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc and click on "Public Advisor" from the CPUC Information menu. You can also:

Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov
Mail: Public Advisor's Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102
Call: 1-415-703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free)
TTY 1-415-703-5282 or 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free)

If you are writing or emailing the Public Advisor's Office, please include the application number (A.13-09-015).
All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned ALJ and the CPUC staff.
Published FRB
Oct. 9, 16, 23 2013|


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