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A typical PG&E bill will increase by $7.50 a month, now that state regulators have approved the company’s plan to collect extra revenue for improving its gas pipelines and electrical grids. But with further pending rate increases in the works, consumer advocates worry about affordability for low-income Californians.

Guests:
Jonathan Marshall, spokesperson for PG&E
Mark Toney, executive director of TURN: The Utility Reform Network

  • Beth Grant DeRoos

    Is it just me or does it seem as if the PUC is a rubber stamp for anything PG&E wants when it comes to rate increases.

  • David

    so, PG&E has zero profit? the PUC rate increase is essentially a State subsidy for infrastructure, which for most businesses is an operating cost before profit. lame.

  • rick d.

    Fining P,G & E $2.5 billion that is then passed on to ratepayers sounds more to me like a tax.
    What happens to the fine? Is it invested in the PG&E system? That’s a lot of moolah!

  • WildFreeProject

    Bottom line is.. what do we do without PG&E? We can debate about the politics, the disasters, the situation with traditional utilites in Northern California endlessly. BUT what is the alternative? What is the solution?

  • Tina

    As we debate how PG&E address the horrible tragedy in San Bruno, I think we’re missing an opportunity to create the PG&E of the future. If PG&E was truly interested in partnering with their customers they would be doing everything possible to support alternative energy options. Instead they dole out rebates funded by various government
    agencies. PG&E along the Public Utilities Commission should be focusing efforts on the creation of a green, sustainable power grid. Why don’t we have solar panels on every home that can accommodate them? Image a utility company that truly partners
    with their customers. Where all customers are paid for or at least receive a credit for the excess power they generate. This could help offset departing load and
    transportation/maintenance costs PG&E currently charges. PG&E needs to wake up to the fact their way of providing service has become outdated and unsustainable. They need to reinvent themselves into the PG&E of the 21st century and beyond.

  • Rochelle Becker

    Just a reminder to all PG&E ratepayers, this is the same management that decides on safety upgrades for California’s last aging nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon. http://www.a4nr.org

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