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NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S
REQUEST TO FURTHER REDUCE RATES FOR
AGRICULTURAL CUSTOMERS (A.18-11-013)
SUMMARY
On November 20, 2018, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed its 2019 Rate Design Window
(RDW) application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The application is focused on
agricultural customers. Its goal is to reduce the number of customers highly impacted by previously
approved rate increases by offering new and modified rate plan options.
BACKGROUND
In PG&E’s 2017 General Rate Case Phase II application, the CPUC approved simplified default
and voluntary rate plans for agricultural customers. These rate plans are currently scheduled for
implementation on a mandatory basis by March 2021. If approved, this application would modify rate
plans even further to reduce bill impacts. If approved, the changes included in this application will
replace previously approved rate plan changes. Customers will be able to evaluate and choose from
modified rate plan options. In addition, PG&E will provide online tools to help customers decide which
rate plan is best for them.
HOW WILL THIS APPLICATION AFFECT AGRICULTURAL CUSTOMERS?
There is no request to increase rates in this application. However, if approved, the new rate plans
will impact bills for agricultural customers as rate design changes are implemented and customers
make decisions about their rate plans. The new rate plans will reduce the number of highly impacted
customers estimated to receive bill increases. Highly impacted is defined by both a percentage and a
dollar amount. In order to fall into this category, bill increases would have to exceed both 7% and $100
per year. The new rate plans will also provide flexibility for agricultural customers to select a rate plan
that works best for them.
Bill impacts will vary based on how much energy customers use, when they use it, and which rate
plan they select.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PG&E’S PROPOSALS?
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 PG&E’s filing and exhibits, please write to PG&E at
the address below:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
2019 RDW Application (A.18-11-013)
P.O. Box 7442
San Francisco, CA 94120
A copy of PG&E’s filing and exhibits is also available for review at the CPUC’s Central Files office by
appointment only. For more information, contact aljcentralfilesid@cpuc.ca.gov or 1-415-703-2045.
PG&E’s proposal (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC’s website at www.cpuc.ca.gov.
CPUC PROCESS
This application will be assigned to an Administrative Law Judge (Judge) who will determine how
to receive evidence and other related documents necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon
which to base its decision. Evidentiary hearings may be held where parties will present their testimony
and may be subject to cross-examination by other parties. These evidentiary hearings are open to the
public, but only those who are formal parties in the case can participate.
After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the hearings, the assigned Judge will
issue a proposed decision which may adopt PG&E’s proposal, modify it or deny it. Any of the five
CPUC Commissioners may sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision, and any alternate
decisions, will be discussed and voted upon at a scheduled CPUC Voting Meeting.
The California Public Advocates Office (CalPA) may review this application. CalPA is the independent
consumer advocate within the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent investor-owned utility
customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels.
CalPA has a multidisciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. For
more information about CalPA, please call 1-415-703-1584, email PublicAdvocatesOffice@cpuc.ca.gov
or visit CalPA’s website at www.publicadvocates.cpuc.ca.gov.
STAY INFORMED
If you would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the
CPUC’s free subscription service. Sign up at http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov. If you would like to
learn how you can participate in the proceeding, have informal comments about the proposal, or have
questions about the CPUC processes, you may access the CPUC’s Public Advisor Office (PAO) webpage
at http://consumers.cpuc.ca.gov/pao.
You may also contact the PAO as follows:
Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov
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
TTY:
1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282
If you are contacting the CPUC, please include the application number (2019 RDW Application; A.1811-013). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned Judge and appropriate
CPUC staff and will become public record.

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