California Electric Utilities Propose New Time of Use Rates
Due to significant increases in solar power generation and self-generation, and changes in management of the statewide electricity grid, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) have proposed changes to their Time of Use (TOU) rates. The changes by PG&E include reducing the summer season to June – September, instead of the current May – October season. The TOU peak period will be shifted to 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and the summer partial peak periods will be 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SCE is taking a different approach, setting on-peak rates for the 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. time period, with all other hours classified as partial peak or off peak. Net metering customers will be affected because changes in TOU rates affect their energy credit calculations.
If you have questions about the changes in TOU rates and electricity tariffs, contact your local utility representative.