By George Avalos | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 18, 2019 at 5:45 am | UPDATED: September 18, 2019 at 5:53 am PG&E customers face higher monthly bills linked to a gas transmission and storage case approved by state regulators, according to the company and an official regulatory filing. The prospect of higher bills for natural gas faces PG&E ratepayers at the same time that they must also ponder the possibility of rising costs to help the company extricate itself from wildfire liabilities and other debts in connection with its $51.69 billion bankruptcy case. The monthly bill for a typical residential customer will increase by roughly $1.73, effective Oct. 1, according to PG&E spokesman Paul Doherty. That hypothetical bill increase is based on average usage of 32 therms a month. “PG&E’s 2019 gas transmission and storage rate request focuses on how PG&E will continue to increase safety through targeted investments that strengthen and modernize our gas transmission pipelines and storage facilities,” PG&E said in comments emailed to this news organization.At present, PG&E combined monthly bills for the average residential customer are $167.72. Bills for the typical customer total $112.81 a month for electricity and $54.91 for gas…. Read full this story
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