I'm starting this post as a measure to ease my anxiety in deciding to have a second meter installed and move on to the E-9B rate. I haven't seen much in the way of people who have enrolled in E-9B commenting on their specific situation. Far more people seem to have commented on being in E-9A or E-1, than E-9B, which would seem to make sense if PG&E's comments in the recent rate change analysis (http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... &hilit=E9B
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Here's my situation: I live in Berkeley in PG&E Tier Group T with it's very low baseline rates. My small family (wife, myself and child) stay below baseline on E-1 in summer (~85% of BL) and occasionally peek above baseline in winter. We don't have many devices that put a big power load on our electrical like a TV. Our house isn't well situated at all for solar. We picked up an 2011 orphan from Redwood City and it's my wife's main commuting vehicle at ~ 30 miles/weekday (I luckily can commute to work via bike). We've been approved for EVSE through the EVProject and we're awaiting the final quote from the electrician for installing the second meter (off the cuff remark was $1500 above what Ecotality will subsidize, which we can swing). I built my own spreadsheet to calculate the costs and with how little energy we use (aside from the EV) and how much the EV gets used, the E-9B rate just makes way more sense. At an $85 average price difference between E-9A and B (assuming charging 8-10 kWh on the overnight) that pays off the initial cost in 17 months.
Am I missing something here or are we just a little out of the ordinary, perhaps like those other 35 customers? I'm getting anxious as both PG&E and the electrician have made noises that E-9A should "work just fine for you" even though they haven't explicitly looked at my house and EV usage.
I haven't checked out what happens when I apply the rates that PG&E is suggesting. Going to do that now. This is getting tiresome. I *might* not have gone with an EV had I known there was this much rigamarole.