SoCalGas General Rate Case
Sempra, the parent company of SoCalGas, has applied to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to increase the revenues it is permitted to collect. The request is a detailed projection of what it will cost to dependably and safely deliver affordable natural gas to our 21 million customers from 2019 to 2022. If the rate request is approved in its entirety by the CPUC, starting in 2019, residential customers would see a monthly bill increase of about $5.00–$7.50, on average.
The CPUC is conducting a series of information sessions and public forums concerning Sempra’s application. The closest one to Santa Barbara County is at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center Ventura Room located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030 on June 14, 2018. Information sessions are at 1:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m., public forums follow at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Get more information at socalgas.com/rates.
2019 RATE REQUEST
At SoCalGas, we’re committed to delivering the clean, safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas that Southern Californians deserve.
Today, more than 90 percent of residents use clean natural gas to heat their homes and water. Because about 60 percent of the state’s electricity comes from natural gas power plants, this clean fuel is also used to keep the lights on 24/7.
Our rate request will allow us to modernize and upgrade our gas infrastructure to enhance long-term reliability and safety; attract and retain highly-trained, responsive employees who serve our customers; and support the growth of more renewable, diverse energy options for our communities now and well into the future.
In submitting a rate request, we hold ourselves accountable to our customers first and foremost. That means listening to – and learning from – our customers about their needs and concerns. We will be collaborating with various stakeholders in a rigorous review of the request through a proceeding before the CPUC. We are proactively finding new ways to make bills as affordable as possible for every Southern California family we serve.
HOW THE NEW PROPOSED INVESTMENTS AND RATES WOULD AFFECT YOUR BILL
If the rate request is approved in its entirety by the CPUC, starting in 2019, residential customers would see a monthly bill increase of about $5.00–$7.50, on average.
As a regulated utility, SoCalGas does not make a profit on gas delivered to our customers: we work to cost- effectively buy, transport, store, and distribute natural gas with savings benefiting our customers directly. That’s in part why today, SoCalGas has the second-lowest average bill among the 50 largest gas utilities in the country, and natural gas continues to rank among the most affordable sources of energy.