Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said residential customers will see a "significant decline" in natural gas rates and a "modest increase" in electric rates to kick off 2013.
San Francisco-based PG&E said changes will cover utility costs of maintaining and modernizing its system and of meeting a state mandate to buy more renewable energy.
PG&E said average rates for residential gas customers will dip nearly 6 percent in January compared with January 2012, thanks in part to lower wholesale costs for gas.
The utility added that customers should expect an increase of about 2 percent as early as February, reflecting spending approved by the California Public Utilities Commission for PG&E's pipeline safety enhancement plan.
Average residential electric rates will increase about 2.6 percent systemwide compared with last January, PG&E said. The utility said customers will likely face another electric rate increase of about 2 percent in May.
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