September 2014 Bill Inserts

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Did you know Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provides a range of electric rate plans? Log in or register for My Energy to compare your current rate plan with other options and determine the best one for your needs. In addition to exploring all your options, My Energy allows you to see detailed information about your current usage and maximize savings with a free energy assessment through the Business Energy Checkup. If you don’t have online access you can still find your current rate plan in your monthly energy statement under the "Details of Electric Charges," or contact us 1-800-468-4743.

RATE PLANS
Small General Service (A-1) is a flat electric rate in which customers are charged the same for electricity no matter what time of day it is used. This plan includes an energy charge that varies by season plus a monthly customer charge. Customers with at least 12 months of interval data will be required to transition to A-1 time-of-use in November of each year. Customers whose meter registers a demand greater than 75 kilowatts (kW) for three consecutive months or usage of 150,000 kWh or greater per year will transition to A-10 time-of-use. For customers with usage consistently above 60,000 kWh per year, demand-metered rate plans like A-10 time-of-use are often a beneficial option.

Medium General Demand-Metered Service (A-10) is for customers whose demand consistently remains under 500 kW each month. Demand is a measurement of your facility’s highest electricity use at any 15- or 5-minute interval during a monthly billing cycle. This plan includes a higher per meter customer charge, but a lower kWh energy charge than A-1, and an additional demand charge measured in kW. Customers with at least 12 months of interval data will be required to transition to A-10 time-of-use in November of each year.

Small and medium business customers who have transitioned to time-of-use rates—beginning November 2012 and over the next several years—are no longer eligible for flat electric rates. Effective November 2014, flat A-1 and A-10 rate plans will be closed to new customers where a SmartMeter™ is already in place.

Time-of-Use is an electric rate in which the price of electricity varies by time of day. Prices are higher during peak hours on weekday afternoons when demand is higher, typically noon to 6 p.m., May through October. In return, rates are lower than the peak rate at all other times. Selecting a time-of-use rate may require an interval meter upgrade to track energy use, which requires clear access to install. In most cases there is no charge for this upgrade.
A custom rate comparison is available to help customers choose their best rate plan.

Small General Time-of-Use Service (A-1 Time-of-Use) is a rate in which the price of electricity varies by time of day. Customers can save money if they reduce afternoon use when prices are higher or shift use to less expensive time periods. Customers with at least 12 months of interval data whose meter registers a demand greater than 75 kW for three consecutive months or with usage of 150,000 kWh or greater per year will transition to A-10 time-of-use.

Small General Time-of-Use Service (A-6 Time-of-Use) is for customers who can be flexible about when they use electricity. Prices are higher on summer weekday afternoons and are lower than the peak rate at all other times. In exchange for higher peak hour kWh charges than A-1 time-of-use, the A-6 time-of-use rate features slightly lower off-peak kWh charges.

Medium General Time-of-Use Service (A-10 Time-of-Use) is for customers whose demand consistently remains under 500 kW each month. The cost of electricity varies by time of day, and this rate includes a higher per meter customer charge but a lower kWh energy charge than A-1 time-of-use, and an additional charge for demand measured in kW.

Medium General Demand-Metered Service (E-19V Time-of-Use) is an optional time-of-use plan for customers whose demand is less than 500 kW. This rate includes a higher per meter customer charge, but a lower per kWh energy charge than A-1 time-of-use, and an additional charge for time-of-use demand measured in kW.

Customers whose demand is over 499 kW for three consecutive months will automatically transition to E-19 time-of-use and customers whose demand is over 999 kW will automatically transition to E-20 time-of-use rates. These customers are not eligible for the rate plans listed above. Accounts whose demand is greater than 200 kW for three consecutive months must be on the A-10 time-of-use, A-6 time-of-use or E-19 time-of-use rates even if they do not have 12 months of interval data.

ADD-ON RATE PLANS
Net Energy Metering (NEM, NEMV, NEMFC) offers pricing plans for customers who operate a qualified generating facility, such as solar, wind or fuel cell, with a maximum total capacity of 1,000 kW or less. These rates are available for eligible customers who generate energy that offsets all or part of their electric use when connected to the PG&E grid. A NEMV generator may offset the electric load of other eligible accounts sharing the same service delivery point. Customers on NEM or NEMFC may be eligible to aggregate load on their account from multiple meters located on contiguous or adjacent property owned, rented or leased by the same customer. Eligible customers may also interconnect more than one generator behind a single meter, each subject to different rate treatment.
Learn more about Net Energy Metering services.

Small Renewable Generators (E-SRG) and Public Water and Wastewater Facilities (E-PWF) electric rates are available to renewable generators up to 1.5 megawatts.
Learn more.

Peak Day Pricing combines a time-of-use rate with Peak Day Pricing Event Day surcharges. Participants in this program are incentivized to reduce electric use on 9 to 15 "Event Days" annually when demand is highest. A higher rate is charged during peak times on event days. In return, between May 1 and October 31, businesses receive credits for electricity use. Bill protection is provided for the first year, so you can participate without risk.

Bundled-service business customers with a demand greater than or equal to 200 kW for three consecutive months have started automatically transitioning to Peak Day Pricing. Other eligibility criteria and exclusions apply.
Learn more about Peak Day Pricing.

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) provides business customers a monthly discount on energy bills for qualified group living facilities.
Learn more about the CARE program.

NATURAL GAS SERVICES
PG&E customers can choose to purchase their gas from a gas supplier other than PG&E.

Core Gas Aggregation Service (G-CT) is for customers who choose to purchase gas from a supplier other than PG&E, this service provides pricing for only the PG&E gas delivery and service response portion. In most cases, PG&E continues to provide billing services that includes third-party gas supplier pricing.
Learn more.

GAS SERVICES FOR LARGER USERS
Noncore end-use* customers must secure their gas supplies from a third party and not from PG&E.

Gas Transportation Service to Noncore End-Use Customers (G-NT) is for customers whose average monthly use is greater than 20,800 therms (measured over the previous 12 months, excluding those months in which usage was 200 therms or less). Your business can elect to receive noncore (less firm) delivery service, with lower gas delivery rates.

Experimental Gas Transportation Service to Noncore Natural Gas Vehicles (G-NGV4) is for customers whose natural gas fueling station is currently taking service on rate plan G-NGV1 and whose average monthly use is greater than 20,800 therms (measured over the previous 12 months, excluding those months during which usage was 200 therms or less). Your station can elect to receive noncore (less firm) delivery service, with lower gas delivery rates.

Note: For Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers, PG&E delivers electricity to your business, and your DA or CCA provider purchases and/or generates the electricity you consume. Net Metering, CCA and DA customers are eligible for many, but not all, of the rate plans or features listed in this notice. For more information, call the numbers below or call your DA or CCA provider.

*Noncore end-use customers must have maintained an average monthly use, through a single meter greater than 20,800 therms (measured over the previous 12 months, excluding those months in which usage was 200 therms or less.)

Daylight saving time will begin March 9, 2014, and end November 2, 2014. To adjust for this, from March 9 to April 5, 2014, and from October 26 to November 1, 2014, your time-of-use periods will begin and end one hour later.

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Did you know Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provides a range of electric rate plans? Log in or register for My Energy to compare your current rate plan with other options and determine the best one for your needs. In addition to exploring all your options, My Energy allows you to see detailed information about your current usage and maximize savings with a free energy assessment through the Business Energy Checkup. If you don’t have online access you can still find your current rate plan in your monthly energy statement under "Details of Electric Charges," or contact us at 1-877-311-FARM(3276).

RATE PLANS
Agricultural Power (AG-1) is for eligible customers who do not elect time-of-use plans. This rate is not available to customers whose meter registers a maximum demand of 200 kilowatt (kW) or more for three consecutive months. Demand is a measurement of your facility’s highest electricity use at any 15– or 5–minute interval during a monthly billing cycle. This rate plan is being eliminated in stages. AG-1 customers with at least 12 months of interval data will be required to transition to AG-4 time-of-use in March of each year. Effective November 2014, AG-1 will be closed to new customers where a SmartMeter™ is already in place.

Time-of-Use (TOU) is an electric rate in which the price of electricity varies by time of day. Prices are higher during peak hours on weekday afternoons when demand is higher, typically noon to 6 p.m., May through October. In return, rates are lower than the peak rate at other times. Selecting a time-of-use plan may entail an interval meter upgrade to track energy use, which requires clear access to install. In most cases there is no charge for this upgrade.

Time-of-Use Agricultural Power (AG-4) is a time-of-use rate plan for customers with low to moderate annual operating hours. Customers on rate plans AG-4B or AG-4E with a single motor of at least 35 horsepower (HP) or multiple motors of at least 15 HP may save even more by transitioning to AG-4C. For savings, AG-4C electric use should be minimized during peak and partial peak periods on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Large Time-of-Use Agricultural Power (AG-5) is a time-of-use rate plan for customers with higher annual operating hours and demand. Customers on rate classes AG-5B or AG-5E with a single motor of at least 35 HP or multiple motors of at least 15 HP may save even more by transitioning to AG-5C. For savings, AG-5C electric use should be minimized during peak and partial peak periods on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

ADD-ON RATE PLANS
Peak Day Pricing combines a time-of-use rate with Peak Day Pricing Event Day surcharges. Participants in this program are incentivized to reduce electric use on 9 to 15 "Event Day" annually when demand is highest. A higher rate is charged during peak times on event days. In return, between May 1 and October 31, customers receive credits for electricity use. Bill protection is provided the first year so you can participate without risk. Bundled-service agricultural customers with a demand greater than or equal to 200 kW for three consecutive months have started transitioning automatically to Peak Day Pricing. Other eligibility criteria and exclusions apply. Learn more about Peak Day Pricing.

Net Energy Metering (NEM, NEMV, NEMFC) offers pricing plans for customers who operate a qualified generating facility, such as solar, wind or fuel cell, with a maximum total capacity of 1,000 kW or less. These rates are available for customers who generate energy that offsets all or part of their electric use when connected to the PG&E grid. A NEMV generator may offset the electric load of other eligible accounts sharing the same service delivery point. Customers on NEM or NEMFC may be eligible to aggregate load on their account from multiple meters located on contiguous or adjacent property owned, rented or leased by the same customer. Eligible customers may also interconnect more than one generator behind a single meter, each subject to different rate treatment. Learn more about Net Energy Metering services.

Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (E-ReMAT) is available to wholesale renewable generators up to 3.0 megawatts (AC). Learn more about Renewable FIT programs.

PROGRAMS TO SAVE MONEY
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) provides agricultural customers a monthly discount on energy bills for qualifying housing facilities. Learn more about CARE.

Demand Bidding Program (E-DBP) offers incentives to customers on a demand time-of-use plan for reducing energy consumption when requested by PG&E. Customers on rate plans AG-R and AG-V are not eligible for E-DBP. AG-R and AG-V are closed to new enrollment and will be eliminated beginning March 2015 for customers with 12 months of interval data.

Base Interruptible Program (E-BIP) offers incentives to customers on a demand time-of-use plan for reducing their energy consumption down to or below a pre-selected firm, service level when requested by PG&E. AG-R and AG-V customers are not eligible for E-BIP.

Capacity Bidding Program (E-CBP)
offers incentives to commercial, industrial or agricultural customers for reducing energy consumption by a nominated capacity amount when requested by PG&E. Learn more about Demand Response programs.

Note: For Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers, PG&E delivers electricity to your business, and your DA or CCA provider purchases and/or generates the electricity you consume. Net Metering, CCA and DA customers are eligible for many, but not all, of the rate plans or features listed in this notice. For more information, call 1-877-311- FARM (3276) or call your DA or CCA provider.

The California Public Utilities Commission would like to hear from you.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has scheduled Public Participation Hearings (PPHs) to hear your comments about Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) request to make changes to its residential electric rates starting in 2015. The PPHs will be held in various locations throughout PG&E’s service area. Details of the locations, dates and times are noted on the back of this notice.

Background on the Supplemental Filing

On October 7, 2013, Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327) was signed into law. This permitted electric rate reform in California, as well as authorizes the CPUC to consider changes to its electricity rate structure.

On February 28, 2014, PG&E filed a request with the CPUC for further changes to residential rates starting in 2015 and a roadmap for rates through 2018. PG&E’s request will better align rates with the actual costs of providing electric service. As a result, some customers will see increases in their monthly bill and others will see decreases depending on their monthly usage levels and rate plan. This proposal will not change the amount of total revenues collected by PG&E, which is determined in other proceedings.

Specifically, PG&E is proposing to:

  • Gradually reduce the number of electric pricing tiers to two tiers by 2018. The current allotted usage level for Tier 1 is up to 100 percent of the Baseline allowance; Tier 2 covers 101 to 130 percent of baseline; Tier 3 covers 131 to 200 percent and Tier 4 covers all usage greater than 200 percent. PG&E proposes to keep Tier 1 at the same baseline allotment and gradually merge tiers 3 and 4 usage into Tier 2.
  • Replace the current minimum charge with an overall increased monthly service fee to help cover fixed costs.
  • For standard and time-of-use electric rate plans this fee would replace the current charge of $4.50 and start at $5 per month in 2015, followed by an increase to $10 per month in 2016.
  • For customers in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) this fee would replace the current charge of $3.60 and start at $2.50 per month in 2015, followed by an increase to $5 per month in 2016.
  • After that the monthly service fee would increase each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.
  • Offer an optional, simplified, non-tiered time of use rate plan beginning in January 2015.
  • Gradually reduce the CARE discount in order to reach the legally required 30 to 35 percent average discount range in 2018.

Public Participation Hearings
The hearings are held to give the public a chance to express their opinions on the proposed changes before the CPUC. The PPHs will be presided over by a CPUC Administrative Law Judge. One or more CPUC Commissioners may be present, but no formal action on the proceeding will be taken at the PPH. The CPUC Public Advisor’s staff will be available to answer questions about the CPUC process. Customer service representatives from PG&E will also be there to assist with individual customer billing or service concerns.
PPH Dates, Times and Locations
Anyone wishing to present their views to the Commission may attend one of the hearings scheduled below:

SAN FRANCISCO
September 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
California Public Utilities Commission—Auditorium
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

CHICO
October 9, 2014, 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Chico—Conference Center
685 Manzanita Court
Chico, CA 95926

FRESNO
October 14, 2014, 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Fresno City Council Chambers
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Any changes to the dates, times and locations of the hearings will be posted to the CPUC’s Daily Calendar. All locations are wheelchair accessible. If you need a language interpreter or special assistance, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at the address listed below at least five days in advance of the hearing date.

If you cannot attend a hearing but would like to comment you may submit written informal comments to the Public Advisor’s office. Your comments will be tallied, made available to the CPUC staff and decision makers and be included in the formal file for this proceeding.

Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Mail:
Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102

Call:
(415) 703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free)
TTY: (415) 703-5282 or 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free)

If you are writing or emailing the Public Advisor’s Office, please include the application number, R.12-06-013, PHASE 1.

 

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