[CHASM Comment: Once smart meters are in, then it’s the next phase. Coming to Florida in the future.
This article mentions that California utilities will be enrolling everyone in “Time of Use” pricing by the 4th year. They say you can “opt-out,” but it’s likely that by then, they will charge some type of penalty fee to do so (to avoid “Time of Use” pricing).
It’s all about CONTROL.]
Changes to rate system could zap local energy customers
Saturday, Feb 22 2014 09:00 PM
BY JOHN COX Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Worries that Bakersfield households could be socked with sharply higher energy bills are factoring prominently into deliberations on how to overhaul the way Californians pay for electric power.
A Bay Area consumer advocacy group has cited potentially heavy impacts to Bakersfield residents as a big reason not to automatically enroll utility customers in a program that in four years would charge people higher or lower rates depending on when they use energy.
FOUR YEARS OF TRANSITION
Structural rate changes being proposed by staff of the California Public Utilities Commission would take place gradually over several years. If approved by commissioners later this year, they would culminate in 2018 with a switch to “time-of-use” pricing for residential customers. In that kind of system, consumers pay more per unit of energy if they use it during hours of peak demand — typically the afternoon — and less per unit for power consumed in mornings and evenings.
* All California investor-owned utilities’ residential customers would be moved to time-of-use rates. They would have the option to opt out of the program and revert to the two-tier system;
Enabled by the time-recording “smart meters” first introduced in Bakersfield in 2006, time-of-use pricing is already the rule at most California businesses, and reports are that industry has adjusted well. But residential customers tend not to be as sophisticated about their energy use.