Electricity Bill Increase Sought
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on a new plan being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission to change the way electricity is billed. Under the proposal, charges for electrical use will be higher during times there's a big load being drawn from the grid and supposedly lower when it isn't.
Interestingly, those who use lower amounts of electricity under the new plan will likely see their bills rise. Those using higher amounts will pay less. In addition, either a fixed monthly fee would or minimum bill level would be added to ensure The System, as one environmental lobbyist put it, would save money.
He's not concerned about the people who use electricity, just The System.
And keep in mind that AB32, that greenhouse gas law passed by the legislature, hasn't fully kicked in yet. Even proponents of that law admitted the bill might raise energy bills by up to a third.
In typical California style, I'm sure we'll see this blamed on the greedy corporations. One commentator to the story has already blamed PG&E for the plan. Never mind that it was brought about by regulators and at least some environmental groups.
Bad news for all, but no surprise for California. We can only hope cooler heads prevail.