Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is charging Modesto Irrigation District customers a monthly "anticipation" fee of $9 even though the customers have never been part of PG&E. The company argued to the California Public Utilities Commission that PG&E incurred costs in anticipation of providing electric service to them. Therefore, PG&E should be able to charge us retroactively. MID strongly objects to this premise. MID tried to protect its customers by taking this to the California Supreme Court, but the court wouldn't hear the case.
I chose to live here because MID served the area. PG&E should have been more competitive in its rates if it wanted my business. The CPUC deregulated electricity in 2001 and PG&E knew MID was competing for business; yet PG&E took a risk and lost.
MID ran lines from Modesto to the Escalon substation on Clough Road. MID set all the poles -- not PG&E. Then PG&E moved its lines over to the new MID poles and took down the PG&E poles. So why do MID customers have to pay PG&E if the power never goes through PG&E lines? PG&E is being greedy. Instead of competing for business, it would rather take from people it doesn't serve.