A change in utility rates effective this New Year could increase energy costs for Nevada County residents. PG&E projects that the average household utility bill will increase 2.8 percent. The increases come amid new state mandates that require utility companies to get more of their energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind. Spokesman Jonathan Marshall shares some of PG&E’s latest.*
PG&E does not attribute the rate increases to the $565 million settlement to victims of the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010.
PG&E also noted that rising costs for natural gas had significant effect on increasing rates.