On Monday, December 6, 2010, the CPUC will attend the annual meeting of the California Farm Bureau Federation to discuss and explain the benefits of dynamic pricing. Beginning February 2012, agriculture customers in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) service area will transition from their current flat rates to time of use (TOU) rates. Under this new TOU pricing structure, a customer will pay more for electricity between the peak energy usage hours of noon to 6 p.m., but pay less during other non-peak times of the day. Since large agriculture customers are already on this rate, the transition to TOU pricing will be for small and medium sized agriculture customers (<200 kW).
Small and medium sized agriculture customers may also participate in Peak Day Pricing (PDP). This is a good option for customers who can reduce or shift energy usage during certain days. Customers who participate in this program will have a higher rate between 50-90 hours of the year in exchange for a lower TOU rate from May to October.
At the Farm Bureau meeting on December 6th, CPUC staff, along with two large California utilities, will answer questions about TOU and PDP.
In January’s eNewsletter we’ll tell you more about TOU pricing and how consumers can benefit.
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is currently deploying Smart Meters throughout their service territory. The deployment is almost complete with the exception of a few areas. The next area scheduled for installation is San Francisco.
PG&E will also replace its older generation meters that were installed in 2006-7 in Kern County to ensure that the devices and functionalities are comparable to the Smart Meters installed by San Diego Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison for their customers.
The CPUC will ensure that PG&E has trained consumer representatives prepared to respond to customer inquiries regarding Smart Meters. The CPUC also has trained consumer representatives available to speak with those who have questions about Smart Meters.
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