Among other Bay Area utility increases, the consumer agency says PG&E will seek a 30% increase in 2023


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – High gas prices continue to impact people’s lives, and now many of you will see an increase in your utility bills.

People joke about anything going up except wages. There’s a lot of truth in that.

“Every ounce of overtime I can get, I have to grab it,” Oakland’s James Walker said.

For San Francisco residents, a temporary 5% water price increase will take effect on April 1.

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Because we’re so good at conserving water, the SF Public Utilities Commission has a problem. Less water usage means SFPUC is not getting the expected revenue.

“I’m just going to have to budget better,” said a San Francisco resident, who identified herself only as Emma.

And then there’s PG&E. On March 1, the average residential customer experienced another 9% price increase, driven by higher purchased electricity costs.

Since this increase has just taken effect, customers are not yet able to compare one invoice to another.

But TURN, The Utility Reform Network, a consumer advocacy group, says it doesn’t stop there. In 2023, PG&E will request another 30% increase.

“Wildfire mitigation costs, including burying 3,600 miles of power lines,” anticipated Mark Toney, executive director of TURN.

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“The whole economy, from the point of view of consumption, production, employment, everything is dragged down,” said Kai Ding, associate professor of economics at California State University East. Bay.

There are things you can do to lower your electricity bill. Keep during the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and for your water bill, ask the SFPUC to do an outside assessment.

“Look at their plants, their irrigation, point out where they can save water,” explained Julie Ortiz of SFPUC.

Next month, the utility company will resume its Smart Indoor Water Assessment program for free.

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