Northern California consumers are screaming about soaring Pacific, Gas and Electric bills this winter and they're bracing for more big bills this month. The Utility Reform Network says it's been inundated with complaints about bills that are double and triple last year's, despite only moderate use.
PG&E says the main driver is residential gas rate increases approved by the Public Utilities Commission, including a 13-percent hike in August and 21-percent higher rates this December compared to December of 2015. Spokesman Donald Cutler rejects allegations by some consumers that the utility pushed for the rate increases to pay for the fines and penalties imposed after the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion of 2010.
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