PG&E bills to rise with new year




SAN FRANCISCO >> PG&E customers must brace for higher monthly bills starting New Year’s Day because the embattled utility is recovering some costs for improvements throughout its system, the company said Friday.

Combined gas and electric bills will rise by a total of $1.66 a month, PG&E said.

“This updates the costs of providing safe and reliable electric transmission, distribution and generation services to customers,” said Donald Cutler, a spokesman for PG&E.

Electricity bills will increase $1.36 a month, effective Jan. 1. Gas bills will rise 29 cents a month, the utility said Friday. Some numbers might be off by a penny due to effects of rounding numbers.

In October, the average residential customer paid $151.80 a month for the combination of gas and electricity. That is due to rise to $153.46 a month, PG&E said.

“Average residential customers’ bills are still well below the national average,” Cutler said.

The higher bills go into effect just weeks before PG&E is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court for six criminal convictions arising from a fatal pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

The increases in monthly bills result primarily from decisions by the state Public Utilities Commission.

“We want our customers to know that we are here to help them make smart energy choices and manage their costs,” Cutler said.

The increases in monthly bills during 2016 have been significant for PG&E customers, according to this Bay Area News Group’s analysis of the utility…

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