You may in fact have no suich responsibility. Also check (in your contract) to see what happens if you pay your rent in full (by the usual method - check) and do not contribute anything for PG&E or in fact pay about $40 per month. Reald your rental contract. Scott Burry - Real Estate Broker
I know it's frustrating when you feel you are paying for someone else's expense, but you might still have a very good deal overall. The rental market is hot just like property sales.
See what else you can get for your money on the rental market before you cause too much of a stink.