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California PUC to Boost Gas Bill Protections

October 28, 2005|From a Times Staff Writer

With natural gas costs soaring, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to increase customer bill protections and allow Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to expand their natural gas hedging programs.

The safeguards included loosening enrollment requirements for the low-income rate-discount program and barring utilities from shutting off service to any residential customer who pays at least 50% of each monthly bill. The hedging program will add about $2 to the average monthly residential natural gas bill.

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