Five years after CPUC Ratepayer Advocate Jacqueline Greig’s murder, PG&E increasing rates to highest level since 2006

September 9th was the fifth anniversary of the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed (murdered) CPUC Gas Ratepayer Advocate Mrs. Jacqueline (Jackie) Greig and her thirteen year old daughter, Janessa. Mrs. Greig was the head of her department and was in charge of approving a 3.6 billion dollar rate increase proposal submitted by PG&E back in 2009. Upon review of the proposal, Mrs. Greig found the increase to be unwarranted and denied the rate hike. Shortly thereafter, the largest natural gas explosion in California’s history occurred directly under her home in San Bruno, killing both her and her daughter. Were it not for her husband having taken their other daughter out for an errand, the entire family would have been killed. It is obvious to me that she was bumped off for costing PG&E 3.6 billion dollars, which they now are reclaiming successfully after showing what happens to those who stand in their way. Incidentally, while I was attempting to bring this glaring crime to the public’s consciousness, I was told by a harassing Gang Stalker that “It was murder” while riding a MUNI bus. I did not take this affirmation as a threat but rather, it seemed as though he was gloating with impunity.

I have been attacked by these government sanctioned Gang Stalkers ever since denouncing PG&E at Senator Jerry Hill’s subcommittee meeting concerning the CPUC itself. Funny how the very agency responsible for regulating the utility is also the one to take the fall. The whole issue was centered around “safety” but come on, anyone with half a brain could see it was murder. There was more than enough motive (3.6 billion), opportunity since it was a gas pipeline controlled by PG&E and a cadre of suspects. Honestly, when it first happened and I came to understand the circumstances, I knew something was fishy however, it seemed so academic. It wasn’t until I ran into this “shadow government” mafia during my own personal struggle for corporate accountability that I revisited the “accident” with renewed interest. In short, it made me mad. I thought to myself, “Is this the type of world that I want to live in, to look the other way when people are victimized?” No. I then determined to fight injustice wherever I found it beginning with my own life and then for others. Today, I live with being poisoned every day but have in no way lost my resolve to make the world a safer, better place for all, and to expose those who are perpetrators. I you see, am not a coward. God hates cowards and I hate cowardice, nothing good comes from it.

As if meant to be a slap in the face, PG&E has once again secured a rate hike that I’m sure Mrs. Greig would also oppose were she able. This renewed push for unjustified money is the highest rate increase approved by the CPUC since 2006. Making up for lost time I suppose. This time, there were no honest regulators remaining at the CPUC to counter PG&E demand. I mean, after all, who wants to die, right? Wrong. Don’t people understand that when you don’t defend your fellow man and woman against injustice it makes everyone unsafe? Not only is society less secure for the individual, it is given over to thuggery which breeds incompetence. Because reward is no longer based upon merit,  performance is no longer valued. It all becomes about who your friends are and who is holding the bigger stick. Is that really what people today want and are willing to tolerate? Again, I give you cowardice.

I really wanted to revisit the memorial again at CPUC headquarters in San Francisco on the actual day of the anniversary of Jacqueline and Janessa’s death however, law enforcement has been severely harassing me starting with September 1st right up until the day of the anniversary itself. It would seem that they are following a standard plan of attempting to provoke some sort of criminal response, September being a month favored by them for many such illegal activities. I count it timely enough that this post was made on September 11th as what what done to Mrs. Greig, her daughter and myself as well, constitute terrorist activities. I’ve heard it said that all governments are essentially terrorist operations so posting this post today, seems entirely appropriate.

I’m sorry that I was not there to save you Mrs. Greig. I’m sorry that I was not able to inspire public outrage concerning both you and your daughters murders. I’m sorry that your family must now go on surviving without you. I do however, look forward to the day when I can finally meet both you and your daughter in Heaven and talk about both our respective journey’s while down here on Earth. I know you will be there, are there now and without anymore pain. Until then, until then…


 

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PG&E Increasing Rates By 6%; Largest Since 2006

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Monthly rates for customers of the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.—the state’s largest provider of electricity and natural gas service—are going up by nearly 6 percent for the average home.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the PG&E rate hikes start Thursday.

The extra money will help cover the cost for replacing old gas distribution lines, installing more equipment to minimize blackouts, and hiring more workers for the utility’s call centers, among other things.

PG&E serves about 16 million people across Northern and Central California, from Bakersfield almost to the Oregon border.

In August, the California Public Utilities Commission gave the utility the green light to collect an extra $2.37 billion from its customers over three years.

The rate hike is the largest since 2006. Some businesses will also see a small rate increase.


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Prepare to pay more to PG&E.

Starting Thursday, the rates that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. charges for electricity and natural gas service will rise, pushing up monthly bills by 5.9 percent for the average home. The money will pay for replacing old gas distribution lines, installing more “smart grid” equipment to minimize blackouts, and hiring more workers for the giant utility’s call centers, among other things.

The rate hike is PG&E’s largest since 2006, and it has been looming for months.

In August, the California Public Utilities Commission gave PG&E permission to collect an extra $2.37 billion from its customers over three years. Although not directly tied to the deadly 2010 explosion of a PG&E natural gas pipeline beneath San Bruno, much of the extra revenue was earmarked for projects to improve the safety of PG&E’s gas lines and power grid. The utility, the state’s largest, serves about 16 million people across Northern and Central California.

“There’s a lot of work to do on the system that the commission agreed was important for safe and reliable service,” said PG&E spokesman Jonathan Marshall.

The commission and its president at the time, Michael Peevey, had been under intense criticism for being too lenient with PG&E. But the extra income authorized by the commission was only about half of the $4.84 billion the company had requested. Peevey stepped down from the commission in December.

Consumer advocates fume that January rate hikes have become an unwelcome tradition with PG&E.

Mark Toney, director of The Utility Reform Network, noted that PG&E has also asked the commission for extra money to improve the company’s long-distance gas transmission network, a request that could add more than $5 to monthly gas bills. The utility also wants major changes in California’s “tiered” electricity rate system, which charges higher rates to people who use more electricity. Instead of four usage tiers, PG&E wants two.

“Most people will get more than a 6 percent increase if those rate design changes are adopted,” Toney said.

Gov. Jerry Brown last month shook up the five-member utilities commission, nominating one of his former top advisers — Michael Picker — to be its new president. He also nominated Liane Randolph from the state’s Natural Resources Agency to join the commission. Both moves require state Senate approval. Toney isn’t sure how those changes will affect PG&E’s requests for more income.

“It’s so hard to say,” he said. “What we’re hopeful for is that the backroom deals will stop. I don’t think Michael Picker is a backroom deals kind of guy.”

One of the main reasons for this month’s relatively steep PG&E rate increase has to do with timing.

The commission sets the basis for most utility rates using a process called a “general rate case,” which determines how much revenue each utility can collect from its customers over a three-year period. The commission vote in August resolved PG&E’s latest rate case, which covered the years 2014 through 2016.

But 2014 was already more than halfway through when the commission finally voted. Rather than sock PG&E customers with a massive bill increase in September to make up for all the lost months, the commission let PG&E defer some of the 2014 income into 2015. The utility boosted average monthly bills, for electricity and gas combined, by more than $7 in the fall and will add another $7.97 this month.

The typical homeowner using 500 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will see electricity bills rise to $88.39, up from $83.16. The average residential gas bill will increase by $2.74, from $52.65 to $55.39.

Many businesses will also see an increase, although it will be less. The typical electricity bill for a small business buying power from PG&E will inch up 1.8 percent, to $272.35.

Although oil and gasoline prices have been tumbling for months, natural gas prices haven’t followed. Instead, their average has increased since 2013. And the vast majority of California power plants burn natural gas.

California’s aggressive move to renewable power also adds to the electricity rates that residents pay. The state requires that all utilities get one third of the electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2020, a goal that the companies are well on their way toward meeting. PG&E on Wednesday did not offer a specific figure for how much the switch to renewable power would boost electricity rates in 2015. But in the past, the utility has said that rates will rise 1 percent to 2 percent each year as a result.

David R. Baker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: dbaker@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @DavidBakerSF

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