A1911019 - Public Comments


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Ryan Kubiak San Jose, CA95125

I'm going to borrow a comment from someone else, who has already put my feelings into words. Since I also highly doubt our comments will be taken seriously, not need to spend time re-writing what many California residents are feeling. Although I highly doubt that our comments will be seriously considered because PG&E has proven for many, many years now that our lives, our safety, and our opinions don't matter, I still feel it's important to say my piece. PG&E already charges one of the highest rates in the entire country and yet provides the worst service and most dangerous, unreliable electricity of any utility company in the modern world. You've had decades to properly manage your finances and spend the money on your failing infrastructure, but instead you've spent it on higher salaries, bonuses, buybacks, and golden parachutes. You've chosen to make your executives, CEOs, and shareholders wealthier while allowing your infrastructure to deteriorate to such an unacceptable degree that it can't withstand 20mph gusts. The list of your safety violations is essentially neverending yet the CPUC hasn't done their job and held you accountable. Rather than upgrading your equipment, trimming trees near your lines, and doing proper vegetation management, you keep highly dangerous transmission towers in use that were supposed to be decommissioned years ago, use equipment that is years past their max life expectancy, ignore maintenance reports, and fire employees who voice safety concerns. Your company literally has blood on it's hands. Thanks to you, children are having nightmares, adults are experiencing PTSD, families have lost loved ones, people have lost their homes and everything they own, entire towns have burned down, people who are already struggling to afford the basics are losing vital income due to extended power outages and massive wildfires, and the California dream has become a nightmare. Utility companies much smaller with less finances than yours are able to restore power in a couple hours when it takes PG&E days or a week to restore power due to the exact same cause. Your greed, negligence, and incompetence knows no bounds. You owe us. You have caused so much pain, suffering, and destruction that you owe us. You owe us safe, reliable electricity that doesn't burn our homes down and traumatize our children. The absolute last thing your company needs or deserves is even more of our hard earned money. You already have plenty of money to repair and upgrade all of your equipment and finally provide safe, reliable electricity. The answer isn't to raise our already unaffordable rates yet again. The answer is to properly manage your finances, make wise choices, and actually put the lives of your customers first for once. Don't raise our rates anymore. For once in your company's sordid history, do the right thing.

Nov 22, 2020 8:41 am Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Ken Tarquinio San Jose, CA95124

PG&E rates often are structured in such a way as to discourage people who use large amounts of electricity by charging them more per kWh as the quantity used increases. Tiered rates, baseline allowances, and the California Climate Credit are all rates that benefit the customer that uses little energy. However a negative consequence is that people who require large amounts of electricity, such as people who require a lot of air conditioning, work at home, have an electric car, have a large family, or have a high need for more than average amounts of electricity for other reasons are faced with huge bills even if they have baseline rates that are less for the initial quantity of electricity. A contrasting strategy would be to have marginal rates that cost less as people use more electricity. This would create an incentive to increase the number of kWh bought by the customer while having minimal extra fixed costs for PG The wholesale cost of electricity is often only around four cents per kilowatt-hour. So if extra kWh could be sold due to lower prices for large users that would dilute the cost of the current price of electricity, the cost per kWh would drop and this reduction could be passed on to customers with lower overall rates. I recently read that more than half of businesses generate some of their own electricity due to the high cost of electricity from utilities. If some of these businesses could be encouraged to use more utility based electricity, this could help reduce the price per kWh for everybody. Electricity is much cleaner than it use to be and it often competes with dirtier fuels such as gasoline or natural gas. This is especially true during the daylight hours when most of the energy is generated with solar cells. Perhaps, encouraging substituting electricity in place of natural gas or gasoline through lower electricity prices for large users would reduce pollution rather than increase it. If low income people are found to be hurt disproportionately with this policy, they could be offered a larger percent discount off of their total bill in order to make it revenue neutral. This could be a separate tariff from existing ones. People who would benefit from it could adopt it. Others could remain on the one they are on now. What is the evidence that lower marginal rate increases the use of electricity? If lower marginal rates are adopted, does it result in the extra electricity being used wisely? Would this be a good strategy to lower the average cost per kWh?

Nov 20, 2020 7:05 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Ken Tarquinio San Jose, CA95124

I have an electric car and am wondering if there is a possibility of a tariff that uses energy demand management to charge electric cars, heat pump water heaters, pool pumps, and other devices that have some flexibility when they operated. My vision is to plug my car in when I arrive home, enter the amount of kWh that I need and time the car needs to be charged in time for its next use. Then PG&E could provide an estimate of the cost to charge it using some sort of set formula related to the wholesale cost of electricity. In that way the rate could easily be confirmed by information that is available on the internet. Once I agree to the charge, PG&E would then charge the car using the lowest energy cost available during the time my car is plugged in. It would be okay if it interrupted the charging if there was a spike in demand (and cost for energy) on the grid, as long as it was charged when I asked it to be finished. In this way PG&E would be able to charge it, not according to time of use, but according to the lowest wholesale cost available throughout the time it was plugged in. This could go a long way to mitigating the "duck curve" and unanticipated spikes in cost. This may require that the meter would be able to communicate with computers at PG&E to keep the billing accurate. Something similar with slightly different parameters could be used for water heaters, pool pumps, and pool heat pumps.

Nov 20, 2020 5:34 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Eugene Brown Concord, CA94520

The gas and electricity rate more than double every 10 years. This does not match inflation. My Social Security income can not keep up with the consistent rate hikes granted PG The puiblic should not be forced to pay for PG&E's mistakes or their liabilities they incurred by bot doing maintenance that results in starting fires or blowing up that San Bruno neighborhood.

Nov 09, 2020 10:56 am Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Dale Lawrence Kelseyville, CA95451

I too am opposed to any rate increases by PG The only reliable service PG&E has maintained is its arrogance. I was born and grew up in Paradise. Too many of the 85 residents who were killed in that criminal act were people to me and not just names. In response to their negligence, PG&E decided to shut off power, proving further arrogance and negligence. PG&E has ignored its own publicized thresholds for power shutoffs, thus making what is claimed a public safety move just more of the same. To this date, the PG&E weather page shows wind gusts as wind speeds, thus exaggerating any perceived danger. It is only after the user specifically goes to the menu and switches to wind speed, is the correct wind speed shown. The last thing PG&E and its shareholders are owed is more money.

Nov 09, 2020 10:09 am Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Mary Yates Gilroy, CA95020

I am strongly against any rate increases by PG&E! Last year at this time my bill would have been under $100, the one I just received is $116. PGE reduces the baseline quantity per billing period to boost their income! and then uses it to pay exorbitant salary to their CEO and investors. Furthermore, YOU, the CPUC, in 2014, agreed to allow PG&E to only actually read my ANALOG meters every OTHER month and to do an "estimated" billing on the non-actual read month . Because of this I have regularly been OVERBILLED. This, as I understand it is a violation of California Consumer law, i.e., to be OVERcharged for an item, even if the overage is later refunded. [But frankly, I have NO faith in you, the CPUC, as it was proven in the San Bruno explosion that there was private emails, therefore unprofessional, between you and a PG&E employee!!!] Both PG&E and YOU need to get your act together and do what is right for us, the captive customers, instead of continuing to line the pockets of PG&E!

Nov 07, 2020 2:42 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Sherrill Futrell Davis, CA95618

I strongly oppose any reduction in baseline quantities that are especially important for customers in the hottest parts of the state. And I demand lower residential rates than what PG&E is proposing. PGE's treatment of us has been outrageous for decades and we consumers have been abandoned by our politicians, some of whom are more corrupt than others.

Nov 07, 2020 2:07 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
James Pogue Coarsegold, CA93614

PG&E spends 100% of their time lobbying for rate increases. They are the worst run company in the US. No matter how poor their performance is, they just ask you for more money. This leads me to believe you are in their pockets as well. What do they do, invite you to their private property for employees only, or do they wine and dine your families? Only an idiot could not see through them. We all spend thousands on solar so they adjust there time of use penalty until after dark so they can charge prime rate later after solar. Why don’t you ask their employees to give back the 25% discount current and former employees get their n their utility bills. They are paid at three times the National rate. Perhaps they would be a little more efficient if they had to share the cost performance. They have a very simple business plan. They look at the percent profit you allow them receive, then work backwards to get the profit you allow them. No employee is ever punished for their ineptitude. They can only be in business due to your ineptitude in allowing them to be in business. Eventually there prices will get so high that they will be able to be replaced with 10 monkeys peddling a generator, and there won’t be a need for you monkeys steering the ship.

Nov 07, 2020 12:30 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
T K Sebastopol , CA95472

Although I highly doubt that our comments will be seriously considered because PG&E has proven for many, many years now that our lives, our safety, and our opinions don't matter, I still feel it's important to say my piece. PG&E already charges one of the highest rates in the entire country and yet provides the worst service and most dangerous, unreliable electricity of any utility company in the modern world. You've had decades to properly manage your finances and spend the money on your failing infrastructure, but instead you've spent it on higher salaries, bonuses, buybacks, and golden parachutes. You've chosen to make your executives, CEOs, and shareholders wealthier while allowing your infrastructure to deteriorate to such an unacceptable degree that it can't withstand 20mph gusts. The list of your safety violations is essentially neverending yet the CPUC hasn't done their job and held you accountable. Rather than upgrading your equipment, trimming trees near your lines, and doing proper vegetation management, you keep highly dangerous transmission towers in use that were supposed to be decommissioned years ago, use equipment that is years past their max life expectancy, ignore maintenance reports, and fire employees who voice safety concerns. Your company literally has blood on it's hands. Thanks to you, children are having nightmares, adults are experiencing PTSD, families have lost loved ones, people have lost their homes and everything they own, entire towns have burned down, people who are already struggling to afford the basics are losing vital income due to extended power outages and massive wildfires, and the California dream has become a nightmare. Utility companies much smaller with less finances than yours are able to restore power in a couple hours when it takes PG&E days or a week to restore power due to the exact same cause. Your greed, negligence, and incompetence knows no bounds. You owe us. You have caused so much pain, suffering, and destruction that you owe us. You owe us safe, reliable electricity that doesn't burn our homes down and traumatize our children. The absolute last thing your company needs or deserves is even more of our hard earned money. You already have plenty of money to repair and upgrade all of your equipment and finally provide safe, reliable electricity. The answer isn't to raise our already unaffordable rates yet again. The answer is to properly manage your finances, make wise choices, and actually put the lives of your customers first for once. Don't raise our rates anymore. For once in your company's sordid history, do the right thing.

Nov 06, 2020 8:28 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Virginia Madsen San Leandro, CA94577

I am an elderly third generation Californian from the East Bay who has paid my own PG&E bills for 50 years, as did my parents and grandparents before me. Although I have lived in different parts of California, I've been paying for service in the same location since 2006, a rented 2 bedroom duplex in San Leandro CA where the climate is pretty mild. My unit, like a number of other units on the property was built in 1983 and has no insulation in the roof or walls, and no air conditioning. And the landlord will NOT allow PG&E energy audits. Up until about 2009, my bill was generally under $20, going up to $40 a month during the coldest parts of winter. I live on a fixed income and am VERY frugal because I have to be, I live cold in winter and hot in summer. My usage is regularly only a quarter of the baseline (now Tier 1) allocation roughly 150kWh per month. According to the letters I now get monthly from PG&E, I use 50-80% LESS energy than efficient homes. I had to go on the CARE program in 2011. Since 2016 when PG&E started charging me for delivery, my CARE discount barely covers half of just the delivery charges. PG&E started charging for delivery, effectively doubling my my bill, 2 years before I was able to sign up for East Bay Community Choice for my electricity. When I signed up for Community Choice, the delivery charges were MORE than the charge for the energy, and remain so. PG&E seems to be trying to make a profit and/or pay for their mismanagement and the poor maintenance of their system, off of customers. That a low usage, CARE customer would be paying more for delivery than for heat and light should strike many as being wrong. What does the $9 minimum delivery charge I pay every month just to be able to turn on a 13 W LED light pay for? I am sure it MORE than covers what it costs to bill me AND what they pay for mailing me letters every month telling me that I am doing GREAT on my energy use. I used to view PG&E as a necessity. I don't any longer. I now think that the State could do a much better job of providing electricity - and that says something. The CPUC needs to stop buddying up with PG&E and regulate them like they should be regulated. Look, I have a college degree and I struggle to understand the rate increase notices in my bill. As far as I can understand the rate adjustment which is the subject of the November 6 hearings, my 'savings' will be non-existent. If a bundled customer who uses 500kWh per month - 5 times what my usage is - will only save $0.36, my -0.1% won't amount to a penny in savings. This may be a step in the right direction but it is TOO SMALL to make any real difference. Is this being done just for show? To obscure the 2.2% increase in gas rates that I am going to be hit with mid-winter? You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time. PG&E customers are tired of being fooled with. Some days I would rather freeze in the dark.

Nov 06, 2020 8:04 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Heather Kraus Sebastopol, CA95472

There are no words to describe just how much pain, suffering, destruction, devastation, loss, terror, grief, & death you've caused. You've poisoned people's water, caused the death of eight people in a gas explosion where you lied about the safety precautions you took, and now you're causing massive wildfires that have already killed over eighty people and forcing millions of people to go without power for extended periods for a couple hours of wind. The only reason the Public Safety Shutoffs are "necessary" in the first place is because you've neglected your infrastructure for decades in favor of undeserved bonuses and golden parachutes for your executives and CEOs along with enriching your already wealthy shareholders. You've proven time and time again that you don't properly manage the money you already have, that you choose greed every time over maintaining, repairing, and upgrading your equipment. After all, your power lines fall down with 20mph gusts when, by law, your lines are supposed to be able to withstand 50mph gusts. And yet you want to raise our rates once again, knowing that the additional money won't go where it's needed most: providing safe, reliable electricity. Let's be honest, if PG&E truly cared about our lives, our safety, or reliable electricity you wouldn't have spent decades putting your insatiable greed before everything else. You ignore maintenance reports multiple times. You fire workers who continually voice safety concerns instead of actually listening to them and making your equipment safer. You keep dangerous transmission towers with high voltage wires in use that were supposed to be decommissioned ten years ago such as the one that caused the Kincade Fire last year. You have ninety-seven year old c-hooks in use when their max lifespan, according to your own experts, is ninety years such as the one that caused the Camp Fire which killed over eighty people. The list of your safety violations just goes on and on. There are utility companies all over the world that are much smaller, have a great deal less financial resources, and don't have their trucks outfitted with all the latest equipment who deal with worse weather, stronger winds, and more terrible storms, but don't lose power nearly as often as those in your service area do. I lived on the Oregon Coast for years and despite 30mph gusts being the norm there, I only lost power once and it was back on in less than two hours, something your company is utterly incapable of accomplishing. Instead of learning from your mistakes, you just continue to make horrible choices that have serious repercussions for millions of people including innocent children, the elderly, and the disabled. You've had decades to properly manage your money which you have yet to do even once because you keep putting most of the money towards making your executive-suite and shareholders even wealthier. I honesty don't know how you live with yourselves. Anyone with a conscious or compassion wouldn't be able to sleep at night and yet you just continue to make things worse for everyone in your service area. You're one the main reasons California is becoming unlivable and so many people, including my family, are moving out of state before next year's peak fire season. You already charge some of the highest rates in the country, yet you provide the worst service of any utility company in the modern world. The solution is not to keep raising our rates when they're already unaffordable while continually lowering the quality of your service. The solution is for your company to start making wise decisions, to put the lives of your customers first, and to properly manage your finances. You've been forcing us to pay for your greed and negligence for far too long and we've had enough. Do the right thing for once - please.

Nov 06, 2020 7:53 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Arthur Molho Placerville, CA95667

I strongly request that the Commission not reduce the baseline electric allowances for residential customers, particularly in our area, the foothills of the Sierra. The range of our seasonal temperatures is wide and we don't have access to natural gas. Our per Kwh rates have already jumped significantly in the last 4 years, and we've been subjected to extended power outages which have forced us to invest in a generator out of desperation.

Nov 06, 2020 7:45 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Jeff Smith El Dorado Hills, CA95762

I heard in 2019 that PG&E requested that the CPUC allow them 16% margin instead of 11% to provide a better return to their investors. I think enriching the investors at the expense of the rate payers needs to stop. PG&E rates are already the most expensive per kWh excluding Hawaii and 2.5 times more than other providers in our state like Pacific Power and Liberty. Can legislation we changed so Liberty and Pacific Power can take over the high fire risk areas in the Sierra Foothills and part of the Central Valley? These utilities have already proven themselves with rates that are 60-70% less than PG

Nov 06, 2020 7:40 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Esther Nevarez CASTRO VALLEY - [ALAMEDA], CA94546

I respectfully ask that PG&E not be allowed to reduce the baseline amounts that determine what rates we are charged for electricity. Our rates have been going up steadily, so we already pay much more than we used to for the same usage. A couple years ago, I received many calls offering solar power, but I never qualified because our electric bill was not over $75/month. Now, it is rarely below $75 and often over $100! This is an especially poor time for a rate increase because of the pandemic. People don't have extra money, and they are at home more hours using more electricity. My self-employment came to a halt with Covid, so I don't welcome higher bills.

Nov 06, 2020 7:01 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
Greg Rodriguez Union City, CA94587

A prosecution process should be imposed to past, present, and future CEOs and VPs who have acted in bad faith for them to get higher bonus from the money dedicated for equipment and services that prevent wildfires (so that customers can get lower rates instead).

Nov 06, 2020 6:47 pm Flag as Offensive or Inappropriate
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