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t:eatner River Bulletin Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11A Local Boston ,Marathon qualifier on course to raise nearly $10000o000 Entering its fourth year, the ""'a'wnr mK-=a'-es recognized by " magazines. In a lot of ways, Running With the Bears marathon, half-marathon and 10K race in Indian Valley is set to raise nearly $100,000 for children and youths in foster care. In 2012 this race became a Boston Marathon qualifier and has since attracted runners from all over the world in their quest to qualify for the event cutoff by early September. "What makes this event so unique," said race director Josie Litchfield, "is that it is managed entirely by the charity it benefits, namely, Mountain Circle Family Services." : As runners complete the Course, they get to meet some of the foster families and teens that their entry fee supports. "In a small race, you can see how running can make a direct impact on the lives of these youths -- it's powerful," she said. Since Running With the Bears sold out seven months ago, organizers have opened up a division for charity runners, participants who agree to fundraise a minimum of $400 for the cause. The perks of this program include free registration for the runner, a goody bag filled with gourmet treats and specialty running apparel, and the knowledge that their running is making a difference for some of the 58,000 California children in foster care. To get an idea of the this event so unique is that it is managed entirely by the charity it benefits, namely, Mountain Circle Family Services." JosJe LJtchfield, Race Director concept behind the marathon, watch the recently created Running With the Bears documentary.at http://bit.ly/lqbOgJs, Running With the Bears has attracted national attention within the last year, becoming a featured race in both Marathon and Beyond and Competitor magazines. These magazines are two of the most-read runner magazines in the country, and normally feature much larger events. Running With the Bears is one of the smallest marathons in the country with only 300 competitors, and fewer than 100 in the marathon division. "Most of the news coverage for races focuses on big city events;" said Litchfield, "so it's a real honor to be though, Indian Valley sells itself-- who wouldn't want to run here?" Part of the event's attraction is its unique take on the traditional marathon. Runners are not only treated to the beautiful surroundings of Indian Valley, but are greeted along the course by musicians playing various types of music; and motivational signs every mile that are mixed in with signs featuring interesting facts about bears. Last year's winner, Chuck Engle, was the fwst participant to actually run into a bear, which occurred at about mile 23. As he was assured by race directors, the black bear was indeed afraid of him and promptly ran in the other direction. "We get a lot of phone calls from people genuinely concerned about the bears," said the race organizers, "so we provide bear bells in all goody bags. Only about 200 people live along the course, and race day is probably the biggest event these bears have ever seen." At the trmish line, runners are handed a cold beer and treated to a free massage. A giant polar bear ice plunge is available, as is shopping at a pop-up running store, or visiting the gold panning exhibit or hay bale maze. With all the extra goodies in store, the race certainly lives up to its motto: "We Where in the World? Eric, Pat, Zack and Michelle Wilkerson show off a day's catch during a recent fishing trip to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then email the photo, your contact information and where you were to: dmcdonald@plumasnews.com. You may see your adventure in the paper! don't race by the same rules." Litchfield said, "Logistically, this is a pretty tough race to put on. There's definitely a reason you don't find Boston qualifiers in small rural towns, but I think that's what makes it so unique. We built the type of race that we'd want to run in ourselves; where our kids can also have a good time; where we can run alongside our dogs; and where there's a great view at the finish line.;' Proceeds provide the means for 30 foster teens to participate in the PowderQuest program, an outdoor leadership program for older foster youths. This event also provides resources to other programs such as foster parent training, camp tuition and new school clothes for foster children. Last year, Running With the Bears raised $45,000. This yea2, organizers hope to double that. The event is set to take place Aug. 16. Those interested in competing or volunteering can get more information at runningwiththebears.org. PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S APPLICATION TO RECOVER 2015 ENERGY PURCHASE COSTS (A.14-05-024) AND RETURN 2015 GREENHOUSE GAS REVENUE (A.14-05-025) Summary On May 30 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric Company filed two separate applications with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The filings are separate requests to recover different types of energy-related costs, which are described below. If approved, both applications will affect electric rates and customers' electric bills. Every year, PG&E estimates how much it will cost to purchase energy to meet its customers' electricity needs. This filing, known as the Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) forecast, is Application 14-05-024. It includes the costs of fuel needed to generate electricity as well as the costs of buying electricity from third parties, such as renewable energy generators. In its application, PG&E requests an increase of $319 million in electric rates Co recoverttsts'for 2015: ......... The second application, A. 14-05-025, forecasts the revenues which will be ratumed to eligible customers from the sale of emissions allowances associated with California's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program, it also seeks to recover the forecasted administrative expanses associated with this state program. In its application, PG&E seeks to return approximately $443 million to customers and asks to recover approximately $1.4 million in administrative costs. About these filings If the CPUC approves these applications, PG&E will begin to recover its costs in electric rates, effective January 1, 2015, At the same time, PG&E will apply GHG revenue to rates, which will help lower eligible customers' bills, PG&E does not profit from either application. In ERRA (A.14-05-024), the cost of energy is passed directly to PG&E's customers with no markup. Any revenue collected from the sale of GHG allowances will be returned to eligible customers through a credit on their bill or through a rate reduction. The exact amount of returned revenues may change based on marP.et factors and are subject to regulatory approval. The legislature and CPUC has determined the order and method by which they are returned to customers, They are: First, to some industrial customers annually, via a fixed-amount bill credit. Then, to small business and residential customers each month, via a bill credit based on usage. Then. an additional credit for all residential households semi-annually, which will appear on customers' energy statement as the California Climate Credit. Both filings have a system to track actual costs and revenues with forecasted costs and revenues. How will PG&E's application'affect me? If the CPUC approves PG&E's request in the ERRA filing (A.14-05-024) it will increase rates. However, the GHG application (A. 14-05-025), if approved, would offset this rate increase. Altogether, PG&E proposes to recoverS378 million from bundled service customershose who receive electric generation as well as transmission and distribution services from PG&E. A chart presenting a more illustrative description of the net impact on proposed changes in rates was sent directly to customers in June and July. The distribution of these rate changes to each customer class ultimately depends on the CPUC's final decisions. If both applications are approved, PG&E estimates that a residential customer using 500 kWh per month would see an average bill increase of $1.42 (or 1.9 percent), from $74.44 to $75.86. Individual customers' bills will differ. Eligible residential customers will receive a California Climate Credit twice a year in April and October on their electricity bills of approximately $26.56. How will PG&E'a applications affect non-bundled customers? Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers only receive electric transmission and distribution services from PG&E. Since PG&E does not buy energy for these customers, PG&E's applications do not affect their generation rates. However, DA and CCA customers are required to pay certain procurement- related charges, and eligible customers will receive GHG revenue. The net impact of PG&E's applications on DA and CCA customers is -$g million, or an average decrease of 1.3 percent. DA and CCA customers will receive their share of GHG revenues through their distribution rates. The revenues will offset their overall bills. Another category of non-bundled customers is Departing Load customers. These customers do nat receive electric generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E for their departing load. However, bike DA and CCA customers, they are required to pay certain procurement-related charges. The nat impact on Departing Load customers is $0.3 million, or an average increase of 1.1 percent, How do I find out more about PG&E'e proposals? If you have questions about PG&E's filings, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TDD/TTY (speech- heating impaired), call 1-800-552-4712. Para m6s detalles Ilame al 1-800-860-8789 (  1t ] IlR) 1-800-893- 9555 If you would like a copy of PG&E's filings and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the addresses below: Pacific Gas and Electric Company Pacific Gas and Electric Company 2015 Energy Resource Recovery Greenhouse Gas Revenue and Reconciliation Application Account and Generation P.O. Box 7442 Non-bypassable Charges Forecast San Francisco, CA 94120 P.O, Box 7442 San Francisco, CA 94120 A copy of PG&E's filings and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUG, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday-Friday, 8 aLm.--noon. PG&E's filings (without exhibits) ere available on the CPUC's website at www.cpuc.ca.govlpuc. How does the CPUC'a decision-making process work? The filings will be reviewed through the CPUC's formal administrative law process. The filed proposals are assigned to a CPUC Administrative Law Judge (Judge). The Judge 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 Judge 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 the filing, it may adopt all or part of PG&E's request, modify it or deny the request,. If you would like to follow these proceedings or any other issue before the CPUC, you may utilize the CPUC's free subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.govl. If you would like to learn how you can participate in these proceedings, 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: pu blic.advisocpuc.cs.gov Mail: Public Advisor's Office 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 Call: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074 TTY 1-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282 If you are writing or smelling the Public Advisor's Office, please include the proceeding number'(ERRA, A.14-05- 024; GHG, A.14-05-025). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned Judge and the CPUC staff. . Published FRB, June 18, 2014 NOTICE OF APPLICATION OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S DEMAND RESPONSE DIRECT PARTICIPATION COST RECOVERY (A.14-06-001) On June 2, 2014 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed an application wRh the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting approval for recovery of infrastructure cost associated with IT and administrative functions. These costs will be used to implement a procedure that allows bundled service customers to directly bid their reduction in electric usage into Califomis's wholesale electricity markets. If approved, PG&E's application requests $'!.5 million to be coflected in rates effective January 1, 20! 5 ..... Demand Response programs motivate electric customers through financial incentives to reduce their electric usage during high-demand periods and/or shift electric usage to other periods when electric demand is lower. This program increases electric reliability and reduces California's total power purchase costs. Previous CPUC Decision 12-11-025 required that PG&E allow Demand Response customers to schedule their electric load reductions directly with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). How will PG&E'a applicaUon affect me?. If approved, this application would increase electric rates by Jess than one percent for the customers listed below; - Bundled service customers, those who receive electric generation, as well as transmission and distribution service from PG&E. Direct access, those who only receive transmission and distribution service from PG&E. - Community choice aggregation customers, those who only receive transmission and distribution service from PG&E A residential customer using the system wide average of 550 kWh per month would see an average bill increase of $0.01 (or 0.01 percent), from $95.39 to $95.40. Actual bill impacts will vary depending on your electric usage. How do I find out more about PG&E's application? You can view PG&E's application and exhibits at www.pge.com/RegCases. Select "Demand Response Rule 24 Cost Recovery" from the Cases dropdown menu. If you have questions about PG&E's application, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. TDD/T'I'Y users call 1-800-652-4712. Pars ms detalles llama al 1-600-680-6789 (li 111 m 1R) 1-800-693-9555 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 Demand Response Direct Participation Cost Recovery P.O. Box 7442 San Francisco, CA 94120 A copy of PG&E's application 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 application (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's website at www.cnuc.caJ=OVlD. 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 (Judge). The Judge presides over the proceeding, which may include evidentiary hearings to give parties an opportunity to present evidence and cross-examine witnesses. Members of the public may attend but not participate in these headngs 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 alternate decisions are voted upon by the Commissioners at a CPUC meeting. The CPUC may adopt all or 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 utilize the CPUC's free and confidential 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: Email: Mail: Call: pubUc.advisorcpuc.ca.gov Public Advlsods Off'me 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 1-415-703-2074 or 1-866-649-8390 (toll-free) 1-415-703-8282 or t-866-836-7825 (toll-free) If you are writing or emailing the Public Advisor's Office, please incP, Jcle the application number (14-06-001). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners. the assigned Judge and the CPUC staff. Published FRB, June 18, 2014