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NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC
COMPANY’S REQUEST TO CHANGE RATES FOR
INCOME QUALIFIED PROGRAMS (A.19-11-003)
SUMMARY
On November 4, 2019, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed its Income Qualified Programs Application
(A.19-11-003) with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
The application seeks recovery of approximately $1.2 billion needed to administer and enhance income qualified
programs, including California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) and the
Energy Savings Assistance Program.
The application covers a six-year period from 2021 to 2026. If the CPUC approves this application, PG&E will
begin to recover costs in electric and gas rates beginning January 2021 and continue throughout the six years
covered in the application.
On an annual basis, PG&E is requesting less funding for these programs than previously authorized amounts,
with the exception of FERA, which is being expanded per CPUC mandate. On average, residential electric
customers will see a decrease in their monthly bill amount. Certain gas customers will also see a decrease in
their monthly bill amount but, on average, residential gas customers will see a small increase.
CARE and FERA are PG&E discount programs that help eligible customers pay their energy bills.
• CARE offers a monthly discount on energy bills for qualifying households.
• FERA offers a monthly discount on electric bills for households of three or more people with a slightly higher
income than required for CARE.
Energy Savings Assistance Program provides qualified customers with energy-saving improvements, such as
energy efficient appliances and home weatherization, at no charge for customers.
To learn more about these programs, customers can visit pge.com/programs.
BACKGROUND
The programs included in this application have provided income qualified customers assistance in lowering
energy consumption and costs while increasing their comfort, health and safety since 1983 and have offered
rate assistance through a monthly discount to qualifying customers since 1989. PG&E is required to file an
application updating its program proposals and costs for these income qualified programs. This recurring
application is filed on a schedule approved by the CPUC.
HOW WILL THE APPLICATION AFFECT ELECTRIC RATES?
Bundled electric customers receive electric generation, transmission and distribution services from PG&E.
Based on rates currently in effect, the bill for a typical residential nonCARE customer using 500 kWh per month
would decrease from $121.17 to $120.89, or -0.2% in the first year.
Direct Access and Community Choice Aggregation customers only receive electric transmission and distribution
services from PG&E. On average, these customers would see a decrease of -0.3% in the first year.
Another category of nonbundled customers is Departing Load. These customers do not receive electric
generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E. However, these customers are required to pay
certain charges by law or CPUC decision. The impact of PG&E’s application on these customers is an average
decrease of -2.3% in the first year.
Actual impacts will vary depending on usage.
HOW WILL THE APPLICATION AFFECT GAS RATES?
Bundled gas customers receive transmission, distribution and procurement services from PG&E.
Based on rates currently in effect, the gas bill for a typical residential nonCARE customer averaging 32 therms
per month would increase from $52.32 to $52.38, or 0.1% in the first year.
Actual impacts will vary depending on usage.
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
Income Qualified Programs Application (A.19-11-003)
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 application
(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 information necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon which to base its
decision. Evidentiary Hearings (EHs) may be held where parties will present their testimony and may be subject
to cross-examination by other parties. These EHs 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 that is open to the public.
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 application or have questions about the CPUC processes, you may
access the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s 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
Please reference PG&E’s Income Qualified Programs Application (A.19-11-003) in any communications you
have with the CPUC regarding this matter.All public comments will become part of the public correspondence file for
this proceeding and made available for review by the assigned Judge, Commissioners and appropriate CPUC staff.

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