Pricier Gas Means PG&E Bills Will Increase

Ring in the new year with some more expensive electricity.

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    Up with the gas bills.

    Customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company will see their monthly bills rise by about $3.38 this year, according to the utility giant. The reason, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is pricier natural gas.

    A 2.8 percent increase in price went into effect on Jan. 1, for an average customer bill for energy at $123.97 -- and an extra $145 million in revenue for PG&E.

    Natural gas is more expensive this year, and PG&E buys electricity from power plants that burn natural gas, according to the Chronicle.

    Utilities in California are allowed to pass on such price increases to customers, the newspaper reported.