PG&E & the Drought
The bad news is that when they don't use the deep wells and the power that reimburses PG&E, they get billed anyway.
Jul 07, 2017
During the drought many farmers needed to drill new deeper wells. To get the additional power they would need from PG&E they were required to sign 3-year agreements guaranteeing the use of certain amounts of power to ensure PG&E recovered their additional infrastructure cost.
Now that the drought is over and there is plentiful surface water, farmers don't need to use the deep wells. This is good news because it saves the underground aquifers. But the bad news is that when they don't use the deep wells and the power that reimburses PG&E, they get billed anyway. They have to pay the bill whether they use the power or not.
The sensible solution is for the State of California and PG&E to come up with a plan that allows farmers to pay off the required investment costs over more time. We need to use the surface water while available and save the underground for a later date when it's really needed. This should be a win-win for both farmers and PG&E.
We encourage legislators and PG&E to come up with a plan while there is still time.
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