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SDG&E – Setting the Stage on Changing Peak Electricty Pricing

Proposed peak pricing would last from 2 to 9 p.m. on workdays during summer and warmer months, and from 5 to 9 p.m. in the winter.

Current peak price time: 11am to 6pm.

When exactly you use electricity will play an increasing role in how much you pay, as California utilities, including San Diego Gas & Electric, lay the groundwork to apply time-based pricing to a broad population of customers.

In a crucial early step, SDG&E wants to shift peak electricity prices to include the early evening hours, when demands for electricity are high and the sun has already set on a growing fleet of solar power plants and rooftop solar arrays.

The time shift, the first in decades, would go into effect at the start of 2015 and initially apply to industrial, commercial and public-agency customers, many already accustomed to dynamic rates.

By then, SDG&E also wants to open the option to households, which account for the majority of electricity demands in San Diego and southern Orange counties, before making it the default billing system by 2018, according to public filings by SDG&E and state utility regulators.

Rooftop solar hit

How residential rooftop customers would eventually fare is unclear.

As state utility regulators take up time-of-use issues, they also are preparing to rewrite the rules for net metering. The solar payoff has been sweetened by California’s steeply tiered rate structure for residential customers — also set for revisions that could reduce solar benefits as soon as July 1, and again next year.

SDG&E asserts that grid-connected solar customers are paying less than the appropriate share of infrastructure costs.

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SDG&E Hikes May Wait

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Some utility rate increases linked to the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant would be put on hold if the California Public Utilities Commission approves a newly proposed plan.

 

In late October, the agency is scheduled to consider whether to withhold reimbursement of $69.4 million to San Diego Gas & Electric for replacement power purchased from when the plant became idled in January 2012 until its permanent retirement in June. Such a withholding would limit SDG&E rate increases to $118 million for covering standard power-procurement costs this year, according to a statement from the commission.

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San Onofre was closed because of rapid wear on steam generators that were replaced in 2010 and 2011. The heat exchangers were supposed to extend the life of the plant, but the premature wear affected thousands of generator tubes carrying radioactive water.

 

The commission is conducting an investigation to determine who should pay for the San Onofre expenses since the facility was shut down. SDG&E, which owns a 20 percent stake in the facility, seeks to recover $808 million in assets from customers — on top of costs for attempted repairs and initial replacement power.

 

Eventually, the commission plans to consider whether it is justified and reasonable for utility customers to shoulder costs associated with the plant’s breakdown and permanent closure. The agency could call for a rebate and shift some expenses to utility stockholders.

Read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/24/proposal-defer-nuclear-costs/

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Big Changes Coming for Utility Customers

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California will overhaul the way most utility customers are billed for home electricity and lift current caps on the amount of renewable energy and rooftop solar installations, under legislation that cleared its last major hurdle on Monday.

Approval of Assembly Bill 327 by the state Senate opens the way for the California Public Utilities Commission to rewrite landmark consumer protections and energy conservation measures enacted during the state’s 2000-01 energy crisis.

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill after the State Assembly reviews an updated version. The Senate vote was 33-5.

The state’s three investor-owned electric utilities, including San Diego Gas & Electric, argued that current rules have thrust rising utility costs disproportionally upon large consumers of home electricity, gradually undermining effective funding of the power distribution grid. Amid months of bargaining among industry and consumer groups, negotiations were broadened to address a simmering standoff over incentives and sunset provisions for rooftop solar that loomed over the rapid growth of the industry.

The bill advancing Monday would extend until July 2017 the current equation for so-called net metering, which allows utility customers to credit energy production against consumption with some additional credits. By mid-2017, utility regulators are required to establish new terms and conditions for rooftop solar — dubbed “Net Metering 2.0” by industry watchers.

read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/09/utility-charges-will-change/