jjlink wrote:I ran the PG&E estimate of the new, exciting simple EV rate. It works out to about a 32% price increase. Exactly what I expect from PG&E and the PUC.
In considering what steps to take, be aware that the E-9 rate has not been adjusted for a number of years, AFIK. So to the extent you think PG&E's cost of generation and transmission have legitimately increased, there is a compound rate increase that even a fair proceeding would allow.
You'll also note that PG&E is beginning their general 2014 rate case, where they plan to greatly increase the rate for the lower tier users while increasing the higher tiers less (or none..I've not looked at the rate case yet). PG&E cloaks this in terms of fairness for the higher users, but neglects to point out that all users get the advantage of the rates in the lower tiers, while only the (more wasteful? less conservationist?) users in the high tiers pay the average rates combining the low tier and the highest tier they actually use. Note also that hot areas get a much higher base allotment, so the argument about the disadvantaged San Joaquin Valley is a little bit of a red herring.
Oh, and jjlink, how did the rates play out if you look at alternative rate structures, such as E-1 and E-6?