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PG&E Raises Rates For Some Low-Income California Customers

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a proposal to lower rates for high volume Pacific Gas and Electric customers, and raise rates for some low-income users.

PG&E argued that high volume customers are being severely penalized by the current tier rate system and asked for an adjustment to give them a price break. Now, big users will still pay more, but not as much as they were before.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The change will also mean higher rates for low-income customers who use a lot of energy. PG&E’s Tom Bottorff applauded the decision.

”It’s intended to really bring our prices more in line with the cost of service, while still maintaining a strong signal to promote conservation,” said Bottorff.

At the same time, the state PUC sidelined a proposal that would have added a basic monthly surcharge to everyone’s PG&E bill. Mark Toney, the executive director of the consumer group turn, was thrilled about that.

”Today was a great victory because we defeated the customer service charge of $3.00 per month,” said Toney.

Consumer groups argued that a new flat fee for providing basic service would have disproportionately impacted the poor. PG&E now views that proposal as dead, at least for the foreseeable future.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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  • The Cold Hard Truth

    Just to clarify, do the homes of the top PG&E executives fall under this category of high volume users? Or is this strictly commercial facilities that are “high-volume” users?

    And you are increasing the rates on homeowners who use “a lot of energy” and this step was done “while still maintaining a strong signal to promote conservation.”

    Do we really want to promote conservation? We have done such a good job of conserving water that now everyone’s rates for water has been significantly increased because everyone has done such a good job of “conserving water.” Next time they say we’re in a drought I’m putting the hose in the gutter and letting it run. PG&E blows up a neighborhood and has such shoddy record keeping they cannot even produce their pipeline records yet the Pubic Utilities Corruption (PUC) pretty much goes along with everything PG&E requests.

    Who actually sits on the board of the PUC and what relationships do they have with say companies who have holdings in PG&E? Sounds like the typical way of the world. How can I get one of these nice appointments as a board member? Who do I have to engage in sexual misconduct with to get the job?

  • A Mays

    Pick on us that are coservativw so we dont hav black outs.I personally Never go over a 40watt bulb,I watch appliances runnig tim/lf uding 33- volt stove. Before going to Frig/Frezzer I decide so as to notl eave the doors open any longer than necessry. 1 Bdrm apt ,in modest to warm weater My PGR bills ranged(example): $12.93-21.04 a month.
    Why pick on us, we dont aie conditioners at Thermistat say:62-64/winter74-78F.
    every light in house on,mutiple entertianment systems going on.
    They hike up 10% to repair old pipes/ect.What sucks: I Live in s Ca county/or city every thing is electric or propane, so other words we dont have natural gas lines to repair.
    Like as with Taxes, I vote hit/audit the rich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they always find s loop holr or get sround the red tspe, fnd messege

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