PG&E Monthly Power Bills are Rising

PG&E is ringing in the new year with an increase in monthly gas and electricity bills that will rise at a faster pace than the local inflation rate.

The average residential bill of $137.66 for combined gas and electricity costs is increasing to $147.21 a month, Pacific Gas & Electric said Tuesday. The increase works out to 6.9 percent, or $9.55 a month for gas and electricity.

“That still is less than the national average combined gas and electricity bill,” a PG&E spokesman said. The national average for gas and electricity bills is $194.33 a month, which is 32 percent higher than the new average residential bill for PG&E.

It’s possible that the higher monthly power bills will pinch the budgets of consumers in the utility giant’s territory.

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