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Group Opposes PG&E Charges
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Homeowners in Escalon and Oakdale subdivisions have begun to receive letters from Pacific Gas and Electric indicating they will be billed for 'New Municipal Departing Load' (NMDL) charges.

And judging from the reaction of some of them, they're not happy about it.

The letters were mailed to customers who currently receive their electrical power from the Modesto Irrigation District (MID).

In the unsigned letter, PG&E stated they and the State of California incurred costs during electric industry restructuring and California's energy crisis, and that "state law and a series of decisions by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) require that you remain subject to a proportionate share of the costs that were incurred on your behalf."

According to PG&E, these costs are known as "departing load charges," and will cost the typical ratepayer $9 a month.