2017 Pacific Gas and Electric
General Rate Case

Background

On September 1, 2015, PGE filed an Application with the CPUC requesting to increase its revenue requirement. On February 22, 2016, PGE submitted its updated request to increase its revenue requirement for 2017 - 2019:   

  • 2017: $333 million (4.2%)   
  • 2018: Additional $469 million (5.7%)   
  • 2019: Additional $368 million (4.2%)  
  • TOTAL: $2.3 billion cumulative revenue increase from 2017 - 2019
     
     

PG&E indicates that the key reasons for the increase include:   

  • Increased costs of delivering energy safely and providing responsive customer service.  
  • Capital investments to replace aging infrastructure.  
  • Capacity-driven additions needed to serve more energy load based on customer demand.  
  • Recovery of costs for depreciation associated with capital investments.  
  • Costs of complying with governmental regulations and orders.  

See Table breakdown by Gas and Electric.   

    

Utility Bill Impacts

PG&E estimates that 2017 non-CARE residential customer bill impacts, compared to 2015, would be:  

  • Electric (500 kWh/mo avg usage) = $1.99 (2.23%) increase per month 
      
  • Gas (34 therms/mo avg usage) = $0.88 (1.72%) increase per month  

  

 Public Participation Hearings

PGE were held Public Participation Hearings in various service areas from July 11 to July 28, 2016. These hearings provided an opportunity for customers to communicate directly with the CPUC regarding the 2017 General Rate Case.  

See the CPUC's Public Participation Hearings webpage for more details about each location, as well as the CPUC's Media Advisory. 

 
 
 

Settlement Agreement

On August 3, 2016, ORA, PG&E, and several other stakeholders representing a variety of perspectives, filed a Settlement Agreement with the CPUC, which will lower the revenue requirement increase, compared with PG&E's original request:    

  • 2017:    $88 million increase (1.1%)  
  • 2018:    Additional $444 million (5.5%)  
  • 2019:    Additional $361 million (4.2%)  
  • TOTAL:  $1.5 billion cumulative revenue increase from 2017 – 2019   
     
     

Settlement Bill Impacts:

PG&E estimates that 2017 non-CARE residential customer bill impacts, compared to 2015, would be:  

  • Electric (500 kWh/mo avg usage) = $0.50 (0.56%) increase per month  
      
  • Gas (34 therms/mo avg usage) = no change   

   

 

ORA Position

ORA supports the Settlement Agreement because it is consistent with ORA's analysis of what PG&E needs to operate, providing its customers with safe and reliable service. The Settlement will save customers over a 3-year cumulative period $792 million, compared with PG&E's original request. 

ORA performed an in-depth analysis of PG&E's request and finds that PG&E needs the following revenue requirement to operate its system safely and reliably:   

  • 2017: $85 million decrease (1.1%)   
  • 2018: $274 million increase (3.5%)   
  • 2019: Additional $283 million increase (3.5%)  
  • TOTAL: $576 million cumulative revenue increase from 2017 - 2019  

ORA proposes a 4-year (2017-2020) general rate case term, with a 3.5% revenue increase in 2020.   

    

ORA specifically recommended that the CPUC should:

  • Lower ratepayer funding of Short-Term Incentive Plan payouts ($90 million difference).  
  • A 50/50 shareholder/ratepayer funding of two Supplemental Pension Plans which provide benefits to highly-paid management employees ($3 million difference).  
  • Deny recovery of certain record-keeping expenses in this GRC which PGE already received funding in its 2014 GRC ($21 million difference).  
  • Lower accrual rates (depreciation) for negative net salvage ($80 million difference).  
  • Deny PGE’s proposal to close 26 local offices, as the estimated $3 million in savings does not outweigh the customer benefits in serving the local community through those 26 offices.  

  

ORA estimated that 2017 non-CARE residential customer bill impacts, compared to 2015, would be:

  • Electric (500 kWh/mo avg usage) = $0.09 (0.10%) decrease per month  
  • Gas (34 therms/mo avg usage) = $0.35 (0.68%) decrease per month  

  

See ORA's April 8, 2016 Testimony.   

  

CPUC Proceeding Docket

See the CPUC Proceeding docket for a record of the case.  

Visit the docket to subscribe to updates to the proceeding.   

  

 

Other Resources

Search for PGE Documents   

ORA PGE GRC Archive