After several delays, the California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 this week to raise rates across the board for millions of residents, businesses and farms in California to “keep the lights on in the state.”
The increase, which goes into effect on June 1, affects 9 million customers of the state’s two largest utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison.
Agriculture rates will increase anywhere from 15 percent to 20 percent, depending on usage and tariffs. That is a significant hike in rates, but well below what many businesses and some residential homes face. Small commercial users will see bills climb an average of about 37 percent, while industrial and large commercial users will see bills skyrocket by an average of 49 percent
Resident user rates will be divided into two camps — those who keep usage at or near baseline levels and those who increase usage significantly. Those users who stay within the baseline will see no increase, but homes where usage goes past the baseline could see rates climb by 37 percent.
For more information, go to the PUC Web site at www.cpuc.ca.gov and click on “special announcements.”