The CPUC is holding a workshop on the potential future development of a residential fixed charge on this Thurs, 10/13. The issue of a fixed charge for residential customers was left as a possible option for the future during the last residential rate case.
The state's big utilities want the CPUC to allow them to impose a fixed charge in order to protect and increase their revenue. The fundamental problem with fixed charges is that they diminish the incentives for customers to pursue solar or energy efficiency, both strategies that CPUC should be encouraging in order for the state to meet its ambitious climate goals. The specific questions being addressed are listed below:
"a. Which fixed costs are appropriate to collect through a fixed charge?
b. Ensuring that any fixed charge amount treats small and large customers fairly.
c. Timing of including new or increased fixed charges in residential rates.
d. Marketing, education and outreach for fixed charges."
The workshop will also be available as a webinar (although remote attendees may not be able to ask questions). See details on webinar and audiocast here.
505 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
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