PG&E found few supporters at a public hearing Wednesday on the company’s request for a $2 billion gas and electric rate increase that requires approval from California’s utility watchdog.
About 30 people attended the first in a pair of hearings held in the afternoon and evening, and the seven who spoke heaped criticism on the embattled power company, some of them speaking in emotional tones.
A much larger crowd attended the evening hearing in the Santa Rosa City Council chambers, also held by administrative law judges for the California Public Utilities Commission.
Pacific Gas & Electric, which is also engaged in bankruptcy proceedings, filed a request in December for a 6.4% rate hike that would add $10.57 a month to the typical gas and electric customer’s bill next year. The new rates would boost company revenues by $1.1 billion in 2020, by $454 million in 2021 and by $486 million in 2022.
John Simon, a PG&E executive vice president, acknowledged that the rate proposal “comes at a difficult time,” adding the company’s commitment is to “keep customer costs as low as possible while meeting our responsibility to safely serve all of our customers.”
PG&E’s $2 billion rate increase gets no support at Santa Rosa public hearing, by Guy Kovnar, The Press Democrat, July 31, 2019.