Here in (city our county) we appreciate the value of agriculture to our daily lives, and to our regional, state and national economies. And, we understand the impacts of the drought on this critical industry.
That’s why at PG&E we are committed to helping our agricultural customers find solutions to weather the ongoing drought. Our agriculture customers depend on us to help reduce their energy use and their bills, while they try to keep their crops watered.
We’ve already taken a number of steps to assist our customers and we are launching new programs to continue this assistance.
Last fall, we refunded more than $4 million in agricultural deposits back to customers. PG&E is required to return deposits when customers formally close accounts. But because agricultural customers often have multiple accounts, and may not even realize they have deposits on inactive accounts, PG&E proactively reviewed accounts and reached out to customers with deposit refunds.
We also partnered with the California Farm Bureau Federation on a request to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to delay the ordered termination of two agriculture energy rates. The CPUC approved the request, which allows more pumping flexibility for farmers and ranchers.
Finally, we have a range of energy efficiency programs and incentives to help agricultural customers reduce their water and energy usage, and therefore their costs, to help them stay in business.
So on this, National Ag Day, we thank the farmers, growers and ranchers who feed our families, neighbors and nation. And we stand in support as your partners, as California weathers yet another year of drought.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Senior Manager, Sacramento Division