A year-over-year review by the Union-Tribune of electricity rate charges by the three investor-owned utilities shows SDG&Eâ€™s rates are not only higher than their cohorts but they have also been rising faster. Residential baseline rates during the summer months from June 1 through Oct. 1 have gone up 80.7 percent since January 2014.
. . . State policymakers have directed utilities to find more renewable energy sources. Earlier this month, California enacted SB 100 that requires 60 percent of the stateâ€™s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 and sets a goal to derive 100 percent from clean-energy by 2045.
SDG&E has been more aggressive than Edison and PG&E in this area, getting about 45 percent of its power from renewables, outpacing Edison (32 percent) and PG&E (33 percent).
â€śIt would make sense that since we are adding a lot more (renewables) to our grid that our rates are going to be a little bit higher than theirs,â€ť Crider said.
The CPUC must approve all revenue requests from utilities and the commission has approved a long list of projects requested by SDG&E (as well as Edison and PG&E).
Critics of the CPUC say too many times commissioners approve multi-million dollar projects and justify them on the grounds they translate into modest additions to a ratepayerâ€™s bill.
â€śEven if you have one project that only adds a few pennies to each kilowatt-hour, if you approve 10 or 20 of them, itâ€™s obvious the impact is going to be, in aggregate, greater,â€ť said energy expert Gary Ackerman, former executive director of the Western Power Trading Forum, an organization based in Sacramento whose 90 members in the West buy and sell power. â€śItâ€™s basically becoming a clean energy tax. It satisfies the whims of the politicians because they arenâ€™t the ones paying for it.â€ťView Article