Sonoma City Council Addresses PG&E ‘Bill Shock’
By Jason Walsh
The Sonoma City Council is hoping to jolt PG&E into a fairer winter-rate structure.
At least as much of a jolt as a letter to Sacramento can deliver.
The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a proposal to send a letter on behalf of the City of Sonoma to state Sen. Jerry Hill in support of a bill he’s authored which would attempt to smooth wild fluctuations in energy bills and require public utilities to provide more transparency in how they calculate their bills.
Extreme utility bill spikes first came to the Council’s attention at its April 3 meeting, when Councilmember Amy Harrington called for action in the wake of many Sonoma residents complaining of “bill shock” when their winter gas utility fees skyrocketed by as much as 40 percent over the prior month.