28 Jan '17, 4pm

Blog: @californiapuc votes to adopt guidelines for time-of-use rates by @SEIA's @BSmithwood

Blog: @californiapuc votes to adopt guidelines for time-of-use rates by @SEIA's @BSmithwood

This morning, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to adopt a decision setting overarching guidelines for establishing time-of-use (TOU) rates. Under TOU, rates are higher at periods of peak demand and lower off-peak. Experience in California and elsewhere has shown that customers can understand simple TOU rate structures and can respond – by e.g. waiting to run the dishwasher until the off-peak period – in ways the benefit the grid. TOU rates also impact the economics of customers’ rooftop solar systems by dictating the value of the electricity a system sends to the grid in the middle of the day, and the cost of power customers buy from the grid in the evening. Utilities are proposing to move the highest-priced “peak” periods into the evening (4PM-9PM or 5PM-10PM) from today’s afternoon (e.g., noon-6PM) peak. Some utility proposals would create “spring” season...

Full article: http://www.seia.org/blog/california-takes-significant-ste...

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