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JakeCK
JakeCK Member Posts: 1,416
What in the Californication...

Anyone else see some significant issues with this idea? O.o

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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,565
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    No politics here, please. 
    Retired and loving it.
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • JakeCK
    JakeCK Member Posts: 1,416
    edited April 2023
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    I wasn't bringing in politics?

    My concern is how a flat rate would affect the grid overall. Such as usage in the same vain as how rental tenants who don't have to pay for heat often have no concern for things like leaving windows open in the dead of winter. 
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,565
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    @jackCK. Thanks, but you know how it often goes. Let's see.
    Retired and loving it.
  • WMno57
    WMno57 Member Posts: 1,408
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  • bburd
    bburd Member Posts: 933
    edited April 2023
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    I am a PG&E customer. The proposal is not for a fixed charge based on income, but for a fixed *base* charge based on income and a good deal higher than the existing "customer charge", plus an energy usage charge lower than the current rates.

    An independent agency is supposed to verify customer income, and I believe number of occupants. This will be an administrative nightmare. There is much grumbling among the customers. This plan will also reduce the incentive for conserving electricity by loading more of the cost into the fixed base than the variable energy usage charge.

    Bburd
    WMno57JakeCK
  • JakeCK
    JakeCK Member Posts: 1,416
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    Well that explains it a little better. The way the news article is worded is kind of confusing. 

    Still, like you said, it sounds like it might still discourage conservation. 
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,166
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    This would be so much more fun if we could include Politics here
    If we could just take a moment to dissect the word Politics as the famous political commentator Tommy Smothers did in 1968.
    "Poli" comes from the Greek word meaning Many and "Tics" are blood sucking parasites that prey on regular people.

    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?

    WMno57unclejohn
  • unclejohn
    unclejohn Member Posts: 1,833
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    @EdTheHeaterMan
    I bet mom liked you best. 
    EdTheHeaterMan