PG&E To Offer Bills In Spanish, Chinese

One in five Californians doesn't speak English well, according to U.S. Census data. This is excluding native speakers who are uneducated.

PG&E customers will be able to receive their bills in either Spanish or Chinese following a settlement last week by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The agreement reached by PG&E and approved by the CPUC on Thursday includes several provisions to make utility bills clearer and more understandable.

Advocates of the decision believe this is the first-ever settlement of this type, and will make utility bills more understandable for California's large population of Spanish and Chinese speakers. The revised bills are expected to start appearing in the second half of this year, and PG&E will conduct outreach in Spanish and Chinese-speaking communities to let them know how to sign up for the new bills.

"According to U.S. Census data, one in five Californians speaks English less than well, and may have trouble understanding their utility bills as a result," Greenlining Institute legal counsel Enrique Gallardo said. "For many, that's finally going to change, and that is very good news."

The Greenlining Institute was one of several groups advocating the change, which also included The Utility Reform Network, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates and the Center for Accessible Technology.

--By Bay City News Service

RobertWilliams March 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Hey Latino and Chinese customers, BE CAUTIOUS. With smart meters, PG$E will charge you more for the same amount of electricity and you are already paying almost $300 extra for the smart meter hidden in your bill every month. PG$E corporate management will also be spying on you if it is to their advantage or if there is money it it for them. Hackers who can intercept your wireless smart meter signal will also know what is occurring in your home. SMART METER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS Must-See 4-minute youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI SKYROCKETING UTILITY BILLS AFTER SMART METER INSTALLATION TV News Video (3 minutes) http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=video CIA DIRECTOR JAMES WOOLSEY CALLS SMART GRID “STUPID” Due To National Security Problems Caused By So-Called Smart Meters. News Video (1 minute) http://www.energynow.com/video/2011/08/10/preview-mix-james-woolsey
RobertWilliams March 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Hey Latino and Chinese Customers - PG$E Corporate Management is Willing To Hurt Your Children. SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER. 1. SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
 Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes) http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/
Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes) 
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=39461 3. The NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE Calls for Halt To Smart Meters in Homes and Schools. http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/halt-smart-meters/ 4. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless Smart Meters (& some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B CARCINOGEN LIST. http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf 5. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed
 (1) Human Cell Damage
 (2) DNA Chain Breaks 
(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier
 from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters. 6. INSURANCE COMPANIES won’t insure smart meter liability due to biological damage seen by scientists they hired. 
 TV Video (3 minutes) http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382
RobertWilliams March 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM
SMART METER RADIATION ALERT PG$E, Northern California's Utility Monopoly, recently admitted (FORCED BY A JUDGE) that each electric smart meter transmits radiation 10's of thousands of times, up to 190,000 times each day. This corrects previous false statements repeated often by utility companies across the country.
Garry Rowe March 15, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Wow. I didn't realize the Smart Meter was such an evil little device. I think I'll keep mine, since my bill dropped by about 25% after it was installed.
Laurie March 16, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Sorry - but PG&E is WRONG for doing this! Oye! Don't get me going on speaking our language and acclimating into society!


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