California is going to a fixed rate electrical billing system where electric rates are set by the household’s income level.

  • Households earning less than $28,000 a year would pay a fixed charge of $15 a month on their electric bills in Edison and PG&E territories and $24 a month in SDG&E territory.
  • Households with annual income from $28,000 – $69,000 would pay $20 a month in Edison territory, $34 a month in SDG&E territory and $30 a month in PG&E territory.
  • Households earning from $69,000 – $180,000 would pay $51 a month in Edison and PG&E territories and $73 a month in SDG&E territory.
  • Those with incomes above $180,000 would pay $85 a month in Edison territory, $128 a month in SDG&E territory and $92 a month in PG&E territory.

Setting aside the entire “make more/pay more” thing, this is really dumb. People will be paying between $15 and $128 per month for electricity, no matter how much they consume? Yep, that is EXACTLY what they are proposing.

Under the SDG&E plan, customers would pay a fixed price that covers most of the utility’s energy delivery service that would not change month-to-month regardless of how much electricity is consumed.  

I said to myself that there had to be a catch. It turns out that there is. This pricing scheme only covers the part of your electric bill that is sold via SDG&E.

 This portion of a customer’s bill, which is mostly related to the electricity purchased from natural gas, wind and solar plants, will continue to vary based on electricity usage. In San Diego County, nearly 85% of customers have their electricity purchased by local governments known as community choice aggregators or other entities – not SDG&E.

OK. This is just another grift, with the intention of redistributing money from one class to another, using socialism as cover.

Categories: Price Controls


EN2 SS · April 16, 2023 at 11:04 am

Every thermostat in that f’ed up state was just set on 68º. Black outs imminent.

It's just Boris · April 16, 2023 at 11:53 am

Two weeks.

Two weeks until we’re out of this benighted state.

This is just another reason to be glad we’re going. We had already been planning the move when the reparations talk started, but that – and now this – just reinforces the decision.

Don W Curton · April 17, 2023 at 7:33 am

I’m reading that a bit differently, but maybe that’s just me. On my electric bill (Texas), there’s a fixed rate just for the privilege of being connected to the power grid, payable to whichever company controls the power grid in my area. I haven’t checked lately but that used to be around $30 or so (based on having power to a hunting cabin where we’d go months with zero usage). Then there’s the rest of the bill based on my actually consumption. It sounds like they are just talking about the first part, the fixed part of the monthly bill. Wealthier people will pay more for the fixed part to subsidize the poor. The usage portion still remains and will be based on actually consumption.

But again, trusting the news to get facts straight is always a bad move, no telling what is actually in the bill.

    EN2 SS · April 17, 2023 at 11:48 am

    I agree, but remember the untold numbers of idjits that thought Obozo the towelhead was going to paying all kinds of crap for them.

Slow Joe Crow · April 17, 2023 at 8:51 pm

Crap like,this makes me glad my house is,connected to a rural electrical co-op. I get to vote on the board , give them a piece of my mind at the annual meeting and pay less than the people across town with Pacific Power

Aesop · April 19, 2023 at 7:13 pm

1) How would any utility know anyone’s, let alone any entire household’s, annual income…???

2) Which means it’ll likely be self-reported.

3) How could anything go wrong with that cunning plan?

4) “California” isn’t going to this. Private utility companies are proposing it. If “California” tries to enact it, it will be challenged overnight on the grounds of unequal protection. Private entities have no such impediment.

5) This whole thing is vaporware. 3:1 odds pigs will fly before you see it IRL, and that’s before the screaming even starts.

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