Monday, February 06, 2017

Sacbee Looks At High Energy Prices

The Sacramento Bee points out energy bills in the state have gone up quite a bit with some people's bills being double what they were last year. They rightly point out much of that has to do with it being colder  this year than last, but I wonder if they're neglecting to point out the "renewable energy" mandates we've signed on to that require a large part of our energy from so- called renewable sources which are more expensive?

At least that's what we were supposed to do, if memory serves me correct. I don't have any figures as to how much we're actually complying with that mandate. I'm not sure I've noticed higher prices the last few months as we've been running the heater a lot and I expected high bills. I did notice higher prices earlier this last summer with our bills running over $30.00  a month when it used to be around $25.00 with the heater not being used.

PG&E does give one tip to help lower your rates: "Turn down the thermostat. He advised that the thermostat be set at 68 degrees or lower when the house is occupied. Each degree above 68 uses 3 to 5 percent more energy,...". I think we have ours set to 64 so that leaves us out and at 64 it still feels cold in our house sometimes.

I suggest higher rates in general are due to the renewable energy mandate. That mandate can be expected to continue so long as hysterical environmentalism rules this state.

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At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They always have excuses for raising the rates. Mark my words, even after all power systems are installed & humming along, the
Environmental control freaks will gather to force cleaner systems, making-forcing the homes of the brave & free, to start all over again.

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An organization that is on the side of the consumer is The Utility Reform Network. Check out

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Rick Wentworth said...

my PG&E bill is way down
i dont have gas in lake county , only electric and the bill i got today is just under 21$
only thing on article not mentioned is all the new smart meters and how they send in energy use a few times a day .
i have old meter that needs a person to read it . would have got the new one but they always showed up at the most inconvenient time on sunday to change it .

At 2:24 PM, Blogger sky hammer said...

My rates have more than doubled. I now start at 35 cents/kw and it goes up from there.
My base line has also been lowered.
At my house in Oregon, I pay 7-8 cents/kw and my baseline is 10 times more than here.
One thing about the State, they told us they were going to screw us and they did.

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the reasons aren't energy mandates. They're the reasons clearly stated in the article you linked. No conspiracy of silence.

If you want to blame anyone, blame Arcata for paying PG&E to work out how to bill high energy users more money (e.g., Arcata's high energy use tax). Higher rates for high energy users go statewide next month.

My family had a poison ivy infestation last year, which is how I know about the rate hike. We got a notification that we might be subject to higher rates because of our history usage (read: one month last year when we ran our clothes washer a lot more than regular washing bed sheets and blankets).

This past month our energy usage also spiked, due to a faulty dishwasher (left to its own devices it runs between 4 and 6 hours on the wash cycle!). And of course the kids have tablets now, always charging. I wonder if this won't turn into a tax on technology users.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

PGE is in cahoots with gubbamint to provide power in the future based upon new customer bases with limited supply.

Think about it - PGE is in biz to make profit....... Not to make deals is all a huge smokescreen.

Calfornia elected don't give a rats ass about politics when the whole state is a political fuckfest of galactic proportions.

All lies.


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