Interim Memo Account Surcharge
Typically, a General Rate Case is decided upon and new rates are effective January 1 of each year. SJW’s decision arrived late in 2022 — going into effect on November 1, 2022. The interim surcharge is a way to “catch up” for the authorized rates that were not collected from January-October 2022 bills. This is a temporary surcharge that will be in effect for 12 months beginning January 1, 2023. After this period, it will no longer be charged. The cost will be $4.85 per month for the average residential customer using 11 CCF. Advice Letter 585 provides more information.
CPUC Fee Decrease
This is listed on the bill as PUC Surcharge. In 1983, the Legislature established a Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fee to be paid by utilities to fund their regulation by the Commission. This surcharge has been decreased from 1.43% to 0.8% beginning January 1, 2023. This percentage is applied to the bill total.