PG&E customers in Stockton will have a chance Wednesday to voice their opinion on a proposed $2.3 billion increase in electric rates over the next three years.
PG&E spokesman Donald Cutler says the hike is needed to upgrade the company’s infrastructure.
“To improve upon our smart grid technologies, to better integrate and manage rooftop solar, emergency preparedness for major disruptions like earthquakes and wildfires," says Cutler.
Cutler says the average bill would only go up $12 a month. Mark Toney is executive director of The Utility Reform Network. His group opposes the hike and says customers should tell how this increase would affect them.
"What it is they’re going to have to do without in order to pay the bill or what type of hardship it causes to shut off the air conditioner when they most need it."
The California Public Utilities Commission is holding meetings in 11 cities throughout July.
The Commission will be at Stockton City Hall Wednesday at 7 p.m. and in Chico on Thursday.