Millions of California households served by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will pay about $384 more in 2024 to utilities to help the company prevent wildfires and meet growing electricity demand. That amounts to about an additional $32.50 per month for typical residential customers, according to PG&E.
The California Public Utilities Commission approved the increase on Thursday, ending a years-long debate over how much more PG&E customers should pay to help the beleaguered utility — which caused a catastrophic explosion in 2010 and major wildfires in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 — It is updating its infrastructure, primarily to be more secure.
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