Chapter 2.2. Natural Gas Restructuring of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 1. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 2.2.
The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) In order to ensure that all core customers of a gas
corporation continue to receive safe basic gas service in a
competitive market, each existing gas corporation should continue to
provide this essential service.
(b) No customer should have to pay separate fees for utilizing
services that protect public or customer safety.
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the
(a) "Basic gas service" includes transmission, storage for
reliability of service, and distribution of natural gas, purchasing
natural gas on behalf of a customer, revenue cycle services, and
(b) "Revenue cycle services" means metering services, billing the
customer, collection, and related customer services.
(c) "After-meter services" includes, but is not limited to, leak
investigation, inspecting customer piping and appliances, carbon
monoxide investigation, pilot relighting, and high bill
(d) "Metering services" includes, but is not limited to, gas meter
installation, meter maintenance, meter testing, collecting and
processing consumption data, and all related services associated with
The commission shall require each gas corporation to provide
bundled basic gas service to all core customers in its service
territory unless the customer chooses or contracts to have natural
gas purchased and supplied by another entity. A public utility gas
corporation shall continue to be the exclusive provider of revenue
cycle services to all customers in its service territory, except that
an entity purchasing and supplying natural gas under the commission'
s existing core aggregation program may perform billing and
collection services for its customers under the same terms as
currently authorized by the commission, and except that a supplier of
natural gas to noncore customers may perform billing and collection
for natural gas supply for its customers. The gas corporation shall
continue to calculate its charges for services provided by that
corporation. If the commission establishes credits to be provided by
the gas corporation to core aggregation or noncore customers who
obtain billing or collection services from entities other than the
gas corporation, the credit shall be equal to the billing and
collection services costs actually avoided by the gas corporation.
The commission shall require the distribution rate to continue to
include after-meter services.