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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11A Quincy High School senior Brian Wood will present two mystery one-acts about crime, secrets and betrayal, in which nothing is as it seems. For his senior project, Wood wrote and directed the plays. He will also be acting in both plays. The performances will be presented at the Quincy High School small gym March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 30, with doors opening at 1:30. Ticket prices are $5 presale, $6 at the door. Wood plans to have presale tickets available at Moon's, Epilog Books, Carey Candy See Wood, page 12A For his senior project, presents two original Quincy High School one-act plays. Photo student Brian Wood submitted S Its incol ges scle I mural Taletha Washburn Director, Plumas Charter School Special to Feather Publishing Quincy High School senior Ariah Armstrong brought her artistic talent and her senior project to Plumas Charter School's Quincy Learning Center. This unique relationship began when Ariah was discussing a classroom mural project with Karen Oglesby, our second- and third-grade teacher. Karen mentioned that she wanted to paint a mural in her classroom, and Ariah volunteered to help her. Ariah mentioned this project to a classmate, who asked her, "Why don't you do something that like for a senior project?" At the time, Ariah was not sure what she wanted to do for her project, so this idea seemed like a good one considering her interest in art. Another of Ariah's classmates mentioned that his mother, longtime artist Lucinda Wood, might be Quincy High School senior Ariah Armstrong paints a mural in the science room at Plumas Charter School for her senior project. A collaboration between the two schools resulted in a beautiful and vibrant scientific mural. Photos submitted willing to mentor her.. Lucinda was willing to take Ariah on, not only for the opportunity to create something memorable with the high school student, but also because she knew that another community member would be serving her son as a mentor, and she appreciates the effort that mentors make. When Ariah and Lucinda fn'st came to our campus to stake out their canvas, I met with them to discuss the plans. Rather than working with Karen in her classroom, I recommended that they See Ariah, page 12A PUBLIC NOTICES Inspection project lines are a major cause of outages on our equipment Our vegetation management is Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative system PSREC strives to strike a healthy conducted following best management prac- will be conducting inspections of its facilities balance between our appreciation for trees . tices defined in ANSI A300 Part 7 (ANSI throughout 2014. Specific vegetation man- and our obligation to provide safe, reliable 2012) and the ISA companion publication to agement projects planned within the tim- electric service. Through our tree trimming the ANSI A300 Standards (ISA 2007). bered portions of its service area include but program, we redirect tree growth away from Currently PSREC is doing a comprehensive are not limited to, Chandler Road, the power lines and remove any damaged or mapping/inspection project that encompass- Cromberg area, Spring Garden area, diseased trees so we can limit potential es the entire service area. These inspec- Graeagle, a'nd Calpine. We will also be damage to the power lines which could be tions are part of our ongoing work to provide inspecting for trees and other vegetation in caused by extreme weather conditions. If a our members with safe, reliable electric ser- proximity to the power lines as required by tree grows too fast or if its proximity to power vice. We will be inspecting electrical equip- the California Public Resource Code Section lines is a threat to our electric system, our ment as required by California General 4293. Trees that come in contact with power experts will trim the growth away from our Orders 95 and 128 and determining the location and condition of our infrastructure. PSREC personnel require access to all of its facilities including meters. PSREC employ- ees will have company ID with them. Published FRB, PR Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 20141 Music festival application hearing door music festivals: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING "RAINDANCE" - JUNE 06- 09, 2014 APPLICATION FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL The Board will take public input and c0m- BELDEN TOWN RESORT ments about this event, and conditions "RAINDANCE" appropriate for the permit. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors For further information on the above hearing will be holding a public hearing on the please contact: the Clerk of the Board at following matter on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (530) 283-6170. at 10:15 a.m. in the Board of Supervisor Written comments should be mailed to the Room 308, Courthouse, Quincy, California. Plumas County Board of Supervisors, 520 Pursuant to Ordinance 02-967 regarding Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, California "Outdoor Festivals", application has been 95971. received from Belden Town Resort for out- Publication: FRB- March 12, 2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY FOR RECOVERY OF 2013 COSTS RELATING TO DIABLO CANYON SEISMIC STUDIES, THE CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OPERATOR MARKET DESIGN INITIATIVE AND RENEWABLES pORTFOLIO STANDARD (A,14.-02-008) On February 28, 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting to increase its electric rates effective January 1, 2015. The application requests approval to recover in rates costs associated with: 1. The California Independent System .Operator's (CAISO) Market Design Initiative 2. Studies performed at Diablo Canyon Power P|an~ 3. Consultant fees incurred by the CPUC in support of tie Renewables Portfolio Standard PG&E was directed by the CPUC to include the review of costs in PG&E's annual Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) compliance proceeding. Background The CAISO Market Design Initiative was launched in 2009 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how electricity is bought and sold in California. The costs requested in PG&E's application represent costs incurred by PG&E that were associated with implementing the CAISO Market Design Initiative in 20t3 The Diablo Canyon Power Plant studies were conducted in response to the California Energy Commission's recommendations. The CPUC previously approved PG&E's initial seismic study costs in CPUC Decisions D.10-O8-OO3 and D.12-O9-OO8. The costs requested in this application represent seismic study costs that were incurred by PG&E in 201 3. The CPUC reviews and approves invoices it receives from independent consultants it has hired to support the CPUC's implementation and administration of the Renewables Portfolio Standard. PG&E pays its portion of these costs once the invoices are reviewed and approved by the CPUC. The costs of these independent consultants are included in this application, as authorized in Decision 06-10-050. PG&E's application requests $7.941 million to be collected in rates from bundled service customers: that is, those customers who receive electric generation as well as transmission and distribution service from PG&E Rates for customers who purchase electricity from other suppliers (such as direct access and community choice aggregation) and rates for departing load customers will not be affected by these specific costs. How will PG&E's application affect me? If this application is approved, electric rates will increase by less than one percent for bundled service customers effective January 1, 2015. Based on the rates in effect on January 1, 2014, a typical bundled service customer using 550 kWh per month would see an average bill increase of $0.04 (or 0.04 percent), from $93.98 to $94.02. Actual bill impacts will vary depending on your electric usage. How do I find out more about PG&E's application? If you have questions about PG&E's application, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TDD/TTY (speech-hearing impaired), call 1-800-652-4712. Para rods detalles Ilame al 1-800-660- 6789 (~,~ ~ ~j ~ "t~)1-800-893-9555 If you would like a copy of PG&E's application and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the address below. Pacific Gas and Electric Company 2013 ERRA Compliance Review Application P.O. Box 7442 San Francisco, CA 94120 A copy of PG&E's application and exhibits are also available for review at the CPL~C, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon. PG&E's application (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's website at www.cpuc.ca.govlpuc, How does the CPUC's decision-making process work? The application will be reviewed through the CPUC's formal process. The application will be assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge. The Judge presides over the proceeding, which may include evidentiary hearings to give parties an opportunity to present evictence and cross- examine witnesses. Members of the public may attend but not participate in these hearings unless they are parties to the case. The hearings and documents submitted in the proceeding become part of the formal record that the Judge relies upon in writing a proposed decision to present to the five- member Commission for its consideration. Any CPUC Commissioner may issue an alternate decision. The proposed and any alternatei decisions are voted upon by the Commissioners at a CPUC meeting. The CPUC may adopt all ori part of PG&E's request, modify it or deny the application. If you would like to follow this proceeding or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC's free subscription service. Sign up at: http:llsubscribecpuc.cpuc.ca~govL If you would like to learn how you can participate in this proceeding or if you have comments or questions, you may access the CPUC's Public Advisor's website at www.cpuc.ca,govlpuc and click on "Public Advisor" from the CPUC Information menu. You may also: Emaih public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov Mail: Public Advisor's Office 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 Call: 1-416-703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) TTY 1-415-703-5282 or 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) If you are writing or emailing the Public Advisor's Office, please include the application number (A,14-02-008). All informal comments will be available to the Commissioners, the assigned Judge and the CPUC staff. All informal comments are also provided to the CPUC's Formal File office as a )art of the file for this proceeding. Published FRB, March 19, 2014 NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S SUPPLEMENTAL'FILING FOR RESIDENTIAL ELECTRIC RATE REFORM (R.12-06-013, PHASE 1) Summary On February 28, 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to change residential rates starting in 2015. As a result, some customers will see increases in their monthly bills while others will see decreases. This proposal will not change the amount of total revenues collected by PC&E, which is determined in other proceedings. About this proposal PG&E's proposal would simplify its residential electdc r~e structure over several years, from 2015 through 201'8, PG&E's requested changes comply with a new st~e,la~'A1B_,327, anda ruling from ~e CPUC~that direct~ utilities to propose reforms to simplify California's residential electricity rate.structure and better align rates with the actual costs of providing electric serv!ce. Tiered rate proposal For the residential standard and time-of-use electric rate plans, PG&E proposes to: 1. Reduce the number of electric pricing tiers from the current four tiers to three tiers in 2015 and to two tiers by 2018 2. Adjust usage allowance levels in each tier 3. Replace the current minimum charge of $4.50 with a monthly service fee to help cover fixed costs, starting at $5 per month in 2015, followed by an increase to $10 per month in 2016. After that, the fee would be adjusted each year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all residential customers except for those on the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program 4. Introduce a new optional, simplified, non-tiered time-of-use rate plan in which the pdce of electricity varies by the time of day, beginning January 2015 A table presenting a more illustrative description of the proposed standard residential electric rate structure was included in a bill insert announcing this filing that was sent directly to customers in March and April. CARE proposal PG&E is also proposing changes to the CARE for non-CARE rate plans, PG&E proposes to: program consistent with the new state law. Similar to the proposal 1. Reduce the number of electric pricing tiers from three tiers in 2015 to two by 2018 2. Gradually lower the CARE discount in order to reach the required 30-35 percent discount range in 2018 3. Replace the currant minimum charge of $3.60 with a monthly service fee for CARE customers to help cover fixed costs, starting at $2~50 per month in 2015, followed by an increase to $5 per month in 2016. After that it would increase each year in line with the CPI 4. Introduce a new optional, simplified, non-tiered time-of-use rate plan in which the price of electricity varies by the time of day, beginning January 2015 How will PG&E'a proposals affect me? If PG&E,s proposal is adopted, residential customers would see bill increases or decreases depending on their monthly usage levels and their rate plan. These proposed rate changes would also affect PG&E's medical baseline and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs. Most customers receive bundled electric service from PC&E, meaning that PG&E provides electric generation as well as transmission and distribution service. A table illustrating the proposed 2015 monthly bill impacts for bundled residential customers was included in a bill insert announcing this filing that was sent directly to customers in March and April. Rate and bill impacts for residential DAJCCA Customers Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers only receive electdc transmission and distribution service from PG&E. DNCCA customers are charged the same electric distribution and Public Purpose Program (PPP) rate as bundled service customers. As a result of reducing the CARE discount, the CARE surcharge portion of the PPP rate is expected to decrease. Another category of non-bundled customers are Departing Load customers. These customers do not receive electric generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E for their departing load. However, like Direct Access, Community Choice Aggregation and bundled service customers, they are required to pay certain procurement-ralated charges such as the PPP rate. As a result of reducing the CARE discount, the CARE surcharge poPtion of the PPP is expected to decrease. How do I find out more about PG&E's proposal? If you have questions about PG&E's supplemental filing, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TDD/TTY. (speech-headng impaired), call 1-800-652-4712, Para rods detalles llame al 1-800-660-8789 (=-~F: 1'~ ~ ~ "P~) 1- 800-893-9555 If you would like a copy of PG&E's supplemental filing and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the address below. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Residential Rate Reform, (R.12-06-013. Phase 1), P.O. Box 7442, San Francisco, CA 94120 A copy of PG&E's supplemental filing and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon. PG&E,s supplemental filing (without exhibitS) is available on the CPUC's website at ~Nw.cpuc.ca.govlpuc. How does the CPUC's decision-making process work? The supplemental filing will be reviewed through the CPUC's formal administrative law process. The filed proposals are assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ presides over the proceeding, which may include hearings to give parties of record an opportunity to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses. Members of the public may attend but not participate in these hearings unless they are parties to the case. The hearings and documents submitted in the proceeding become part of the formal record that the ALJ relies upon in writing a proposed decision to present to the five-member Commission. Any CPUC Commissioner may issue an alternate decision. The proposed and any alternate decisions are acted upon at a CPUC voting meeting. When the CPUC acts on this supplemental filing, it may adopt all or part of PG&E's request, modify it or deny the request. if you would like to follow this proceeding or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC's flee subscription service, sign up at: httD:flsubscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.,qovl. If you would like to learn how you can participate in this proceeding, or if you have comments or questions, you may access the CPUC's Public Advisor's website at www.cpuc.ca.govlpuc and click on =Public Advisor" from the CPUC information menu. You may also: Email: public.advisor(~cpuc.ca.gov Mail: Public Advisor's Office 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 Call: 1-415-703-2074 or 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) TrY 1-415-703-5282 or 1-566-536-7825 (toil-free) If you are writing or emailing the Public Advisor's Office, please include the proceeding number (R.12-06-013, i Phase 1 ). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned ALJ and the CPUC staff. Published FRB, March 19, 2014