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NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARING FOR PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S ENERGY RESOURCE RECOVERY ACCOUNT COMPLIANCE APPLICATION (A. 20-02-009)
|September 21–25, 2020
This information will be made available on the CPUC’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov.
Acronyms you need to know
PG&E: Pacific Gas and Electric Company
CPUC: California Public Utilities Commission
ERRA: Energy Resource Recovery Account
PABA: Portfolio Allocation Balancing Account
Evidentiary Hearings have been scheduled by the CPUC to review PG&E’s 2019 ERRA Compliance application.
Please note: Due to the Governor’s directive and CPUC’s ongoing efforts to protect customers and community members during COVID-19, the CPUC may determine that there will be no in-person physical location for the evidentiary hearings and may instead hold them through other means such as via internet or via phone participation. Hearings may also be rescheduled by the CPUC Administrative Law Judge or cancelled if they are no longer deemed necessary. Therefore, please monitor the CPUC’s daily calendar (located at www.cpuc.ca.gov) for any changes relating to the evidentiary hearings and the manner in which they will be held.
About the application
On February 28, 2020, PG&E filed its 2019 ERRA Compliance application with the CPUC.
Each year PG&E forecasts its fuel and purchased power costs for the following year in the ERRA and PABA. PG&E recovers these costs with no markup for return or profit. The purpose of this ERRA Compliance proceeding is to review PG&E’s costs. The CPUC will review PG&E’s costs to ensure compliance with the previously approved forecast and energy purchasing plans.
The application also includes a request to increase rates to recover $3.996 million in costs related to the seismic (earthquake) studies performed at Diablo Canyon Power Plant.
How will the application affect 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 non-CARE customer using 500 kWh per month would increase from $124.08 to $124.10, or 0.02%.
Direct Access and Community Choice Aggregation are unbundled electric service customers who only receive electric transmission and distribution services from PG&E. On average, these customers would see an increase of 0.04%.
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. The impact of PG&E’s application on these customers is an average increase of 0.4%.
Actual impacts will vary depending on usage.
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?
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
2019 ERRA Compliance Application (A. 20-02-009)
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120
- If you would like to make a comment, please visit cpuc.ca.gov/A2002009Comment to submit a comment on the CPUC Docket Card. You can also review other public comments related to this rate request.
- 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]
Please reference 2019 ERRA Compliance Application (A. 20-02-009) in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.