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NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARING FOR PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S OAKLAND CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE (A.20-04-013)
|September 21, 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
CAISO: California Independent System Operator
Evidentiary Hearings have been scheduled by the CPUC to review PG&E’s Oakland Clean Energy Initiative 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. 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 April 15, 2020, PG&E filed its application for the Oakland Clean Energy Initiative with the CPUC. The initiative is a series of projects to improve the reliability of the electric grid in the north Oakland area.
PG&E is requesting a total of approximately $21 million for energy storage resources that are part of this initiative to be collected in rates beginning in 2022.
Every year the CAISO does an assessment to ensure reliability of the electric system. The 2017–2018 assessment of the PG&E Greater Bay Area identified areas in north Oakland that will require transmission improvements. In response, PG&E is proposing an innovative portfolio of projects to ensure reliability in this area, including energy storage resources to be located and utilized at PG&E’s Oakland substations.
The CAISO’s evaluation found PG&E’s proposal to be the most cost-effective way of improving electric reliability in the north Oakland area.
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 customer using 500 kWh per month would increase from $122.74 to $123.39, or 0.5%.
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 0.001%.
Other Departing Load 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 decisions. These customers will not be impacted by this application.
Actual impacts will vary depending on usage.
How does the rest of this process work?
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
Oakland Clean Energy Initiative Application (A.20-04-013)
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120
- Please visit cpuc.ca.gov/A2004013Comment to submit a comment about this proceeding on the CPUC Docket Card. Here you can view documents and other public comments related to this proceeding.
- 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 Oakland Clean Energy Initiative Application (A.20-04-013) in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.