PG&E Rate Change: Heavy Users Pay Less, Light Users Pay More

May 27, 2011 Full story: CBS 5

California regulators have approved Pacific Gas & Electric rate changes that give homeowners who use large amounts of electricity a break while those who conserve pay more.

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Dr Doom

Victorville, CA

#1 May 27, 2011
That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. But's California what do you expect?

La Quinta, CA

#2 May 27, 2011
"The changes were sought, in part, because of complaints from PG&E customers in the San Joaquin Valley, where electricity usage spikes during frequent heat waves."

The San Joaquin Valley is a small part of PG&Es customer base, what does the rest of the customer base say about "electricity usage spikes"? You could use PG&E to your advantage. Install some solar PV on your roof and see if PG&E with their smart meters can figure out at what rate your solar PV power should be "credited" at, since solar is a peak generation source, it would be produced when peak demand and peak electricity rates are in effect. Get your own generation source. Let PG&E pay you for excess energy from your system.

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