Remember When Smart Meters Were for Customer Convenience?
04/26/2012 19 Comments
I learned the other day that PG&E will be implementing peak day pricing. They will be jacking up the price of electricity during the peak hours for California business and agriculture. How will PG&E know how much energy a business is using in during peak hours — SmartMeters?
The PG&E webpage has the details HERE:
California businesses are moving to a new electric rate structure called Time-Varying Pricing, part of a statewide energy plan that will be implemented by all investor-owned utilities in the state.
Time-Varying Pricing is designed to help protect the state’s electricity resources. During weekday afternoons, when demand is higher than in the morning or at night, rates are higher; at other times they will be lower. Conserving energy during peak periods, by even a small amount, can help you lower your annual bills.
As I have pointed out before, in the transition to renewable energy sources utilities have less flexibility to crank up another generator to meet the demand. They will not have the generators to crank up, as they will be unable to command the wind blows more, or the sun to shines harder.
One of the strategies is to jack up the price of electrical energy when the demand goes up on hot afternoons. They hope that increasing the cost of energy will force business to curtail power use on those hot afternoons. Shutting off the AC, turning off lights, and shutting down the machines.
In my estimation, this will force high energy users to leave the state. Some business cannot just run off the lights and shut down the machines because PG&E is locked into renewable energy by CARB and AB-32.