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PG&E Rate Increase Proposal

Nov 15, 2023 04:40PM ● By Office of Assemblyman James Gallagher

Dear Friends:

Every four years PG&E is required by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to submit a “General Rate Case” (GRC) application. In their application this year, PG&E is proposing to increase rates by roughly $40/month, which totals nearly $500/year for their customers.

While Californians are struggling with rising prices across the state, an increase like this could break the bank for those who are already walking a tight rope with monthly expenses. Please read the information below for more details on how you could be affected and how you can participate in the CPUC’s public discussion on this proposal.

All relevant information regarding the PG&E GRC Proceeding can be found at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) GRC Proceedings (ca.gov)

A specific Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about this proposal can be read here at updatedfaq-pge-grc-10423.pdf (ca.gov)

Most importantly, as a PG&E customer, you can participate and have your voice heard by visiting: Proceeding Details (ca.gov) and selecting “Add Public Comment.”

I highly encourage you to submit a public comment on this rate increase proposal.

In the meantime, listed below are some resources and tips to keep your home’s energy costs down.

Save 20% on your energy bill: The CARE program provides a 20% discount on your energy bill if you meet certain income eligibility requirements.

Lower the rate you pay for electricity: The Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program bills some of your electricity at a lower rate.

Get a discount on your telephone bill: The LifeLine program provides discounts for local home phone services and installation for eligible households.

Get a discount on your water bill: Some privately owned water companies provide discounted water services for consumers with limited household income. Check with your local water provider to see if they offer discounts and what the eligible income threshold is for your area.

The tips may also come in handy for tightening up month-to-month expenses:

Reduce your energy usage: The Energy Savings Assistance Program helps consumers who meet the CARE program income eligibility reduce their monthly energy bills by providing attic insulation, energy efficient appliances, and other home improvements at no cost.

RebatesMany energy utility service providers offer rebates to consumers who purchase energy-efficient appliances. Before you buy an appliance, call your utility service provider to learn what rebates might be available.

Free Appliances: Most energy utilities offer free energy efficient appliances to consumers with limited household income.

Water conservation: For more information on reducing your household water usage, you can see the CPUC’s Water Conservation Tips here.

The full website can be viewed here: Utility Bill Assistance (ca.gov)

It is an honor to serve you.

James Gallagher

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