Notice Of Pacific Gas And Electric Company’s Request To Increase Rates

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NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S REQUEST TO INCREASE RATES IN ITS 2022 WILDFIRE MITIGATION AND CATASTROPHIC EVENTS APPLICATION (A.22-12-009)

ACRONYMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

PG&E: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

CPUC: California Public Utilities Commission

WMCE: Wildfire Mitigation and Catastrophic Events

WHY AM I RECEIVING THIS NOTICE?

On December 15, 2022, PG&E filed its 2022 WMCE application with the CPUC. The application requests $1.4 billion to recover costs recorded in various balancing and memorandum accounts.

The application seeks interim rate relief of 85% ($1.1 billion) to be recovered over 12 months beginning June 1, 2023, for electric distribution only. The remaining 15% ($224.4 million), would be recovered over the subsequent 12 months, with the exception of the capital revenue requirement which would extend through 2026.

WHY IS PG&E REQUESTING THIS RATE INCREASE?

Costs in this application include those related to wildfire mitigation activities, including Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) planning and execution, and vegetation management. In addition, this application includes temporary generation to support customers.

Also included in this application are costs related to PG&E’s response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and other catastrophic events, as well as various customer-related initiatives and rate issues.

HOW COULD THIS AFFECT MY MONTHLY ELECTRIC RATES?

Many customers receive bundled electric service from PG&E, meaning they receive electric generation, transmission and distribution services. PG&E is proposing to recover electric costs over a three-year period beginning June 2023.

In the first year, the bill for a typical residential customer using 500 kWh per month would increase from $167.23 to $175.90, or 5.2% compared to current bills. In the second year, the bill for a typical residential customer would increase $1.49 or 0.9% compared to current bills. In the third year, the bill for a typical residential customer would increase $0.12 or 0.1% compared to current bills.

Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers receive electric transmission and distribution services and select Commission-ordered services from PG&E. If this application is approved, on average, rates for services provided by PG&E to these customers would increase by 9.7% compared to current rates in the first year, 1.7% compared to current rates in the second year, and 0.1% compared to current rates in the third year. DA providers and CCAs set their own generation rates. Check with your DA provider or CCA to learn how this would impact your overall bill.

Another category of nonbundled customers is other Departing Load. These customers do not receive electric generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E. On average, these customers would see an increase of 2.8% compared to present rates in the first year, 0.5% compared to present rates in the second year, and 0.04% compared to present rates in the third year.

Actual impacts will vary depending on usage and are subject to CPUC regulatory approval.

HOW COULD THIS AFFECT MY MONTHLY GAS RATES?

Bundled gas customers receive transmission, distribution and procurement services from PG&E. PG&E is proposing to recover gas costs over a one-year period beginning June 2024. Detailed rate information is being sent directly to customers in a bill insert.

Based on rates currently in effect, the bill for a typical residential customer averaging 33 therms per month would increase from $70.42 to $70.51, or 0.1%.

Actual impacts will vary depending on usage and are subject to CPUC regulatory approval.

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 may review PG&E’s application, including the Public Advocates Office. The Public Advocates Office 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: [email protected] or visit PublicAdvocates.cpuc.ca.gov.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

CONTACT PG&E

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

2022 WMCE (A.22-12-009)

P.O. Box 7442

San Francisco, CA 94120

CONTACT CPUC

Please visit cpuc.ca.gov/A2212009 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.

If you have questions about CPUC processes, you may contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at:

Email: [email protected]

Mail: CPUC

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 2022 WMCE A.22-12-009 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.