George Avalos, The Mercury News
May 21, 2021
PG&E electricity and natural gas providers will raise monthly bills to improve sustainability and safety, the article reported in March.
PG&E electricity and natural gas providers will raise monthly bills to improve sustainability and safety, the article reported in March. In fact, it is said that $196.95 was charged in March, an increase of $8.73 a month from the average monthly rate.
PG&E said the increased revenue will be used to reduce wildfire risk by upgrading and strengthening electrical systems. It also included monitoring fire hazard conditions and improving gas system programs such as gas leak investigation and repair.
In the past decade, PG&E has been found to have caused several fires, including wildfires. Strong winds and dry weather increase the likelihood of wildfires. If there are trees and branches in contact with electrical wires, it can lead to a big fire. In addition, if there is a risk of wildfire, the electric company tries to prevent it through forced power turn-off. Public Safety Power Shutoff, PSPS, is to prevent a fire from occurring when a strong wind blows while the atmosphere is dry, causing trees to fall and hit power lines, but it affects numerous customers.
Electricity companies say that a power outage becomes inevitable if it is affected by severe weather(strong winds, dryness, etc.). In addition, as climate change becomes extreme, such severe weather phenomena will increase, and it can be expected that many power shutoffs will occur.
We cannot blame the very act of trying to prepare for disaster with increased rates. However, the increased rates can indeed be a burden for customers.
Considering our product FORCE, which can reduce electricity bills and prepare for abnormal climates, can also be a method. We rely on electricity for all of our daily life. Improving the electrical system is to improve our lives. Everyone is working hard to make it safer and more efficient for people to use electricity. Our company will also accelerate its efforts.