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December 4, 2023

Letter: Reducing energy costs as natural gas prices rise

West Coast natural gas prices have been rising this winter, and PG&E wants our customers to know their energy bills are likely to rise as a result.

PG&E does not control the market prices we pay for natural gas, and we don’t mark up the cost of the energy we buy to serve our customers. 

In late January, California average daily prices were five times higher than the U.S. benchmark and those in New York and Chicago.

Price increases are due largely to higher demand and tighter supplies, as customers use more natural gas for heating during cooler than normal temperatures, and as power plants use more natural gas to meet electricity demand.

PG&E customers have used more gas than the five-year average, with November usage 20% higher, December 10%, and January 10% higher. 

As a result, residential gas and electricity bills could be 32% higher on average from November 2022 to March 2023 compared to the same time last winter, with most of the increase for energy supply costs. 

We’re working with regulators, policymakers and lawmakers to provide bill relief—including supporting the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision to distribute the annual April Climate Credit as soon as possible—a $91.17 credit for PG&E customers receiving gas and electricity. We also support the Governor’s call for a federal investigation into high gas market prices.

For energy tips and resources, visit pge.com/winter.

Teresa Alvarado

PG&E Vice President, South Bay & Central Coast Region

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  1. We’re on wood heat and are using ~30% more wood than average, and about 70% more than in the 2021-2022 winter, a remarkably mild one. Electric bills for supplemental heating are similarly higher. Much higher than the 32% increase cited above. What would give me relief is if this criminal enterprise masquerading as a public utility were to lose its state corporate charter due to its maintenance lapses which have created ratepayer morbidity.

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