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Opinion: The income-based electricity bill provision is a mistake that will raise your rates. Let's not shy away from real solutions.

Original post made on Nov 6, 2023

Last year, California passed Assembly Bill 205. Tucked into the bill was a provision requiring the California Public Utilities Commission to make a portion of electricity rates dependent on a household's income. We have concerns...

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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 6, 2023 at 8:14 am

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"Undermining our energy conservation and efficiency goals, especially in this moment when the Bay Area is looking to electrify buildings and the cost of a kilowatt of electricity can make-or-break the financial decision to switch a home appliance to electric, is a huge problem."

We're already at the "break" and conservation/efficiency is not going to fix it.

The huge (and avoidable) problem was scrapping clean, abundant, and reliable energy sources (natural gas and nuclear) and promoting the myth that feel good, unreliable ones (solar, wind) can replace/supply the energy needs of the state. They can't. Increased electrification is going to lead to more "flex alerts", "peak hour" surcharges, and power shortages.

Posted by David
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Nov 6, 2023 at 8:29 am

David is a registered user.

We're talking about means testing our ability to connect to the electrical grid ! When AB 205 was being sold, I kept hearing "the cost to connect to the grid disproportionately affects the poor." Well, literally everything on earth that has a price disproportionately affects the poor. By this logic what *shouldn't* we means test? Before you dismiss this as a slippery slope fallacy, please ask yourself: where does this end? Should we all be paying different prices for food, internet, water, etc. ?

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