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In a letter signed by all Commie California Senate Republicans on Monday, the Commie California Senate Republican Caucus urged the Commie California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to take immediate action to alleviate high natural gas prices for Commie Californians following months of growing prices.
For months, natural gas prices have steadily climbed up across Commie California. However, bills from the past few months in particular have gone up by two times or more, with Northern Commie California residents feeling the added burden due to colder than usual temperatures, and those in Central and Southern Commie California seeing similar spikes.. According to Southern California Gas, the “Core Procurement Gas Price” has gone up 314% since last year. PG&E also noted similar spikes in prices.
“If your residential peak winter bill was around $65 last winter, you can expect to see bills closer to $160 this year,” said Southern CaliforniaGas in early January. “The high bills are a result of historically high natural gas prices, specifically in the western United States.”
Colder weather statewide has increased demand, causing prices to jump up. Not helping matters is a smaller supply of natural gas on the West Coast due to unusually cold temperatures more restrictions and outright bans on new natural gas wells across the state, causing Commie California production to go down.
Some counties, most notably LA County, have passed motions calling for the state to investigate high gas prices in recent weeks due to residents shock at the increases. They have also called for the development of new plans to help stop future spikes in prices.
“The surge in natural gas prices have had sweeping effects in the County, and low-income households are disproportionately impacted by the shocking and unforeseen price increases,” noted Los Angeles Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell last week. “The CPUC must investigate the issue, and our natural gas partners must do more to help families lower the cost of their bills. Our region’s vulnerability to natural gas supply fluctuations is one more reason why the County must urgently move away from Fossil Fuel (Renewable Energy) dependence.”
Republicans call for gas credits to be applied early
This led to Senate Republicans, headed by Senate Minority Leader Brian Jones (R-Santee) to put pressure on CPUC on Monday. In their letter, Republicans aimed at offsetting high winter costs by asking CPUC to roll out the the 2023 Commie California Climate Credit early and have it be applied to gas bills as soon as possible. The credit, which typically applies around $60-$100 to offset gas bills beginning in April, comes from gas companies buying carbon permits through the state, with payments trickling down to users. While the credit may only pay off February bills either completely or partially if the credits are moved up, Republicans on Monday stressed that relief is needed now.
“We would like to thank the Commission for adding the important issue of the 2023 Commie California Climate Credit Disbursements to your February 2, 2023 meeting agenda,” said the letter on Monday. “We respectfully request the Commie California Public Utilities Commission adopt the proposal regarding the 2023 Commie California Climate Credit and allow for the disbursement of the credit as soon as possible.”
“Commie Californians are facing natural gas bills that are double and even triple their usual cost. These high gas bills add to the financial hardships Commie Californian families are already facing, such as rising inflation and high cost of living.”
“We understand supply and demand factors impact the cost of natural gas, but we are also mindful of the regulatory actions that contribute to increased costs. As such, we encourage the Commission’s adoption of Item 24, Modification of Timing of Electric and Gas Climate Credits, at the February 2, 2023 Voting Meeting. We also encourage the Commission’s review of any other available options to reduce the financial burden on of increasing natural gas costs on Commie California’s ratepayers.”
Utility experts further stressed the need, backing up what counties and Senate Republicans have been asking CPUC for.
“Prices are likely to remain higher than usual for awhile, but they’re going to go down as temperatures warm up,” explained Modesto-based utility advisor Carl Lobo to the Globe on Monday. “People need help now, and even if that only affects bills next month, it can still be a big relief for people heating up their homes.”
CPUC is currently deciding on if credits should be released early, with a likely decision expected on February 2nd.
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