Californians To Pay More For PG&E Utilities

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers will pay more for electricity in the New Year.

Rate hikes approved by the California Public Utilities Commission go into effect Jan. 1. The rate hike will vary depending on electricity use, with high-use customers seeing a larger increase.

A household that pays $164 a month will now pay $172, an increase of about 5 percent.

PG&E says most bills will go up by a lower rate of 3 percent.

The San Francisco-based utility provides gas and electric service to about 15 million customers throughout northern and central California.

The new rate changes will not affect low-income customers enrolled in the California Rates for Energy, or CARE, program.

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