PG&E gas bill spikes are targeted by legislation
PG&E customers, and ratepayers for other big utilities, would gain relief from wild gyrations in gas bills during the winter months under proposed legislation, state Sen. Jerry Hill, the bill’s author, said Monday.
“The spikes in gas bills in the winter time are the big concern,” Sen. Hill, a San Mateo County Democrat, said Monday. “People shouldn’t be afraid to open their next utility bill.”
Customers for PG&E complained during the winter of gas bills that were hundreds of dollars higher than, or even double or more compared with, their typical natural gas costs.
The problem is many PG&E customers were forced out of the low-cost Tier 1 rate levels and shoved into more expensive billing tiers during the chilly months of December and January. As a result, their bills soared even though the usage was the same as the similar period the year before.
“In some cases, customers were paying two or three times what they usually paid,” Hill said.
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