voltiar wrote:I haven't been following this thread for a while because it's gotten so convoluted with all these rate changes. I will say this: I can't use up my credits fast enough. I've been running my AC non-stop, charging my Volt, running the pool pump and I am still at $280 in credits with $7-$20 summer electric bills and 4 months left in my relevant period. Whatever they are doing, keep doing it. Happy to not have to worry about running the AC when as it's been a blistering hot spring/summer. BTW, I'm on TOUT-D-A with 6k solar on my roof in OC, CA.
Yes, it is good to see others doing well on TOU-D-A. I am surprised how well I have done this year with the new TOU rates moving On-Peak to [2pm to 8pm] weekdays, even though I have been running my A/C at various levels around the clock during these hot spells. However, I am cheating a little with my new super-efficient ductless mini-split A/C system.
I believe many more folks with solar and a EV would prosper under TOU as currently structured, but they are never told about it by their solar installer. As a consequence, they are sold a larger solar array than they really need. A friend of mine in PG&E territory reports that when he got solar several years ago, his solar installer told him TOU was the default plan they recommended to all their customers. My friend does not have an EV and he has been happy. Much of PG&E territory has lighter A/C loads than SCE, but they also have Sacramento and other cities that get very hot in the summer.
Today the NYTimes had another story about the push-back against Net Metering. I was expecting to see stuff about NV or HI, but instead I was surprised to see a disgruntled EV driver from PG&E territory in the story lead. I was going to post this comment in a PG&E thread, but I can't find any thread that is not stale. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/business/energy-environment/why-home-solar-panels-no-longer-pay-in-some-states.html
The story relates how tariff changes can quickly reduce solar payback. In the PG&E case, the On-Peak time has shifted to either 3 to 8pm or 4 to 9pm, with no super-off-peak. Right now I break-even during On-peak 2 to 8, but make my profit during off-peak. A change to 4 to 9pm would hit me hard.https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/rate-plans/rate-plan-options/time-of-use-base-plan/time-of-use-plan.page#toua