PG&E is sending a letter to residential solar customers that it has increased the minimum bill charge to $10 effective September 1, 2015.
This change impacts every residential customer that receives electricity from PG&E, but is most noticeable to solar customers many of whom have been paying a $4.50 a month minimum bill.
Though not in the letter PG&E has sent out to solar customers, PG&E’s advice letter to the California Public Utilities Commission notes that the $10 minimum bill amounts will be applied to customers’ total bills initially. This will be familiar to those of us who have had solar that have been through a one year net metering cycle. More changes are ahead, when in early 2016, these minimum amounts will be applied to the delivery portion of customers’ bills.