PG&E asks regulators to approve electric, gas rate hike for customers

PG&E has asked state regulators for permission to increase customer bills by more than $10 a month starting in 2020 in order to fund certain safety initiatives.
FILE: A utility pole is seen on County Road 87 in rural Winters on July 9, 2018. Photo by Matthew Keys

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a note on its website. The rate for electric service would increase by about $8.73 a month while the rate for gas service would increase by around $1.84 a month. PG&E said the rate increase would fund certain safety initiatives, including the installation of more than 1,000 weather stations and approximately 600 high-definition cameras in areas considered a high risk for wildfires. It would also be used to help maintain vegetation and trees around fire lines and accelerate the implementation of the company’s SmartMeter technology that will alert the company to downed power lines. The rate increase would not go toward PG&E executive salaries or be used to fund compensation initiatives associated with certain wildfires from 2017 and 2018 for which PG&E has been found liable. PG&E said the CPUC has a process for hearing customer input on the measure, and that a decision should be reached sometime within the next year. If approved, PG&E said it is asking for the new rates to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.]]>

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