Pge is raising prices in 2024!

Breaking Wallets: PG&E Price Hike Makes Them California’s Most Expensive Electricity Provider | Solar Panels, Battery Storage, Roofing, HVAC

In the wake of Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) announcement of a nearly 13% rate increase starting January 1, 2024, homeowners from Santa Barbara to Humboldt counties are facing a significant financial burden. According to Mark Toney of TURN (The Utility Reform Network)  “Last year alone, from the beginning of 2023 to the beginning of 2024, PG&E customers had a 30% increase. That’s in a single 12-month period. That is not sustainable.” This rate hike, which translates to an additional $40 to $60 monthly or $480 to $720 annually. It’s a strain on the budgets of countless Californians. This increase is not an isolated event but marks the beginning of a series of anticipated hikes. In a move to cover expenses for storm repairs and wildfire mitigation, PG&E has filed for a further increase of $24 per month, set to take effect in March. However, the financial burden on consumers doesn’t stop there. According to reports shared with shareholders, PG&E plans to recoup billions in spent funds, suggesting even steeper rate increases in the future.


Why Are These Increases Happening?

PG&E justifies this increase as necessary for covering costs related to wildfire mitigation and catastrophic events. However, there’s growing concern over PG&E’s financial priorities. Especially considering CEO Patricia K. Poppe’s $50 million compensation. Her salary is the highest for any utility CEO in the United States. This juxtaposition of soaring executive pay with mounting customer bills has sparked a debate about corporate accountability. Additionally, it calls into question the role of regulatory bodies like the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in safeguarding consumer interests.

Public Outcry and Regulatory Scrutiny

The CPUC’s recent decision to green light this rate hike faced considerable public opposition. Thousands of comments poured in, voicing concerns over these increases. This backlash is not just about higher bills. It’s a cry for fairness and transparency in a system where the balance between corporate profits and consumer affordability appears increasingly skewed.

Relief Measures for the Affected

For those struggling under the weight of these increases there are programs that can help. The California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and the Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) provide a 30 to 35% discount on electric bills for low-income households. These measures are a drop in the ocean of need, evidenced by over 100,000 families having their power disconnected by PG&E in 2023. 

The Solar Alternative

It’s no wonder the allure of solar power is growing stronger. People are tired of the relentless upward march of energy costs, and many are now seriously considering the switch to solar. The benefits are clear. Reduced dependence on utility companies, lower long-term costs, and a greener footprint. 

The 2024 rate hike by PG&E underscores a growing dilemma for California homeowners. Continue under the burden of rising energy costs? Or switch to solar power? As families across the state adjust their budgets to accommodate these higher bills, the conversation around energy becomes more critical. It’s a conversation about economics, but also about the kind of future Californians want to build.

Semper Solaris: Your Trusted Partner in the Solar Journey

Choosing the right partner for your solar switch is crucial. Semper Solaris stands out as a beacon of reliability and expertise in the solar industry. With over a decade of experience, this local, veteran-owned company has built a reputation for excellence and trustworthiness.

Two Semper Solaris technicians installing a new Solar Panel system in California.

Why Choose Semper Solaris?

Local Expertise, Veteran Values: Semper Solaris is not just a solar power company. They embody a commitment to service and quality. They bring a unique blend of military precision, integrity, and dedication to every project. This ethos translates into a deep understanding of local energy needs and challenges, ensuring that solutions are not only efficient but also perfectly tailored to each homeowner’s specific situation.

  • Commitment to Quality and Customer Service: What sets Semper Solaris apart is its unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. They prioritize clear communication, transparency, and high-quality service. From initial consultation to final installation, their team of experts ensures a seamless and hassle-free experience.
  • Trust and Reliability: Over the years, Semper Solaris has earned the trust of countless homeowners through its consistent delivery of top-notch solar solutions. By choosing Semper Solaris, you’re partnering with a company that values your trust and works tirelessly to maintain it.

Make the Switch with Confidence

Don’t let rising energy costs dictate your future. Take the first step towards energy independence and sustainability today. Contact Semper Solaris for a free estimate. Call Semper Solaris at (888) 210-3366 and begin your journey to affordable, energy independence.

Helping Veterans One Solar System at a Time

The Semper Cares Initiative was founded to help deserving veterans get relief from high electricity prices by blessing them with energy independence and the security of a secure roof over their heads.

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