Raising Rates for Essential Needs During COVID is Wrong

With lower-income Californians bearing the brunt of the pandemic economically, utilities are still rapidly raising rates for essential heat and light despite the COVID crisis. Constantly raising rates is wrong.

TURN is urging the California Public Utilities Commission to stand with consumers and freeze rates during COVID.

The Commission showed PG&E enormous sympathy when it was crying bankruptcy over liabilities of its own making.  Customers now need the same type of sympathy from a Commission that is supposed to represent them.  Putting the public first means putting affordability at the forefront during this time of crisis.  With unemployment funds stretched thin and rent becoming due, the huge rate hikes proposed by PG&E, Edison and SDG&E could push many customers over the brink.

Make your voice heard at the CPUC!  

Send a letter (customizable so you can name your utility company!) telling the CPUC it should freeze rates for essential needs during COVID.

Customers also have an opportunity to speak out during public comment at the beginning of the CPUC meetings on Thursday Jan. 14 at 10 am. The meeting will be accessible remotely only:

Public Comment – Speak: If you would like to speak during the public comment period at the start of the meeting, please call in by 10 a.m. and you will be able to make your comment.

  • Phone: 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 9899501 (to make a public comment during the public comment period, press *1)
  • At the same time you can view a webcast of the meeting here:
  • Webcastwww.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc

If you experience difficulty calling into the Public Comment line, email VotingMeetingHelp@cpuc.ca.gov or call (415) 703-1496.