EVJohn wrote:I had installed a 2.5kw pv system in July 2011. I have a e-6 net metering system. I get charged $11-$13 per month for non electric use. PGE is charging me for distribution, public purpose programs and generation and sometimes nuclear decommissioning.
I was not aware of these charges when my system was installed. I feel I should not be charged these fees because I supply peak time power to PGE.
Can anyone shed some light on these charges?
Those chargers were definitely there before you got your PV system. You just didn't notice. They are all part of your total electrical rate. And trust me when I say that paying those fees is probably cheaper than avoiding them as that would probably mean signing up as a commercial generator and getting paid wholesale electrical rates instead of retail electrical rates.
There is a minimum charge that you can't get away from paying. I don't know what PG&E's minimum is, but SDG&E's is $0.17/day.
You are already being fairly compensated for supplying peak time power to PG&E since you are on the TOU rate and gettng paid full retail rates for your generated electricity. The utility will argue otherwise, but luckily the legislature has written laws allowing consumers to be credited at 100% retail rate for excess generation.
PS - PGE
is not the same as PG&E
and will be confusing for many people.