The Burning Question: What Is A ‘PGE’ Fee For Propane?

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Today’s Bottom Line column:

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Q: In late August we had a propane-fueled backup generator installed. We were very happy to have it during the recent power outage. We had the tanks refilled by our supplier. On receiving the bill I noted a “PGE fee” of $25.54. I called the supplier and, after consultation with someone else, the customer service rep told me that this was a tax on propane used for generators.
An Internet search for the “PGE fee” failed to turn up anything. My question is whether this is a legitimate charge and, if so, what is it for exactly?

Thomas F. Semenza, Lyme

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