Residential rates for two California investor-owned utilities rose Jan. 1. The increases include: * Pacific Gas & Electric\u2014Up 7.3 percent for an average gas customer and 3 percent for 500 kWh\/month electricity users. The utility estimates that\u2019s $3.38\/month more for combined gas and electric. * SoCal Gas\u2014Up 9.4 percent overall, according to the Office of Ratepayer Advocates. Increases came in two parts. One, a \u201cconsolidation charge\u201d of 2.5 percent. The other, a procurement charge raised rates 6.4 percent. There were slight decreases for non-core customers. For residents, it turns out to be about $7\/month increase for 70 therms\/month users. \tDecreases include: * San Diego Gas & Electric\u2014On the electric side, residential decreases were 0.83 percent, according to ORA. * Southern California Edison\u2014Residents saw a decrease of 0.9 percent.