Once you have a renewable system for 12 months, you can access our easy rate analysis tool under My Account to choose the best plan for you. If you run a business, the right pricing plan for electricity can make a big difference to your cash flow and bottom line. The following tips and tools make it easy to choose the plan that works best for you while keeping energy costs under control. For solar customers, the DR-SES tariff plan is the current standard plan.
The tou-p-p-p-p-p plan described above is a good option but includes the need to “reduce your usage days.” Another good option is the tou-DR plan, which doesn’t need to respect the “Reduce your usage limits.” And with electric vehicles becoming more popular, the TOU-EV-5 is a good choice, provided you use that electric car enough to overcome a monthly fee of sixteen dollars in the plan. SDG%26e commercial solar customers already have schedules for usage.
Many customers — both solar and non-solar — had just become accustomed to the latest iteration of tiered rates, and the introduction of the TOU means a transition to a different pricing plan. That’s because as the new usage schedules work, the solar loans you earn are calculated according to the time of day you earn them. With TOU rates, solar customers sell excess produced energy back to SDG%26E at lower off-peak rates at midday, but must use SDG%26e energy during the more expensive on-peak hours. Solar energy advocates say the new tariff structure is a crucial element in integrating renewable resources into the grid.
SDG%26E’s strategy is similar to the much larger effort the utility has already made on customers outside the solar sector. He explains the transition from tiered rates to the terms of service and sends them emails and notifications via email explaining pricing and options. When the CPUC laid down the new NEM 2.0 rules, it allowed customers who installed solar energy under the original net meter policy to be “protected” for 20 years from their original filing date. As an interesting issue with all this, SDG%26E is offering temporary “no-risk one-year pricing” to most customers. This offering allows customers to try out SDGE TOU DR1 or DR2 pricing plans. If they don’t save, they can switch back to staggered billing and SDG%26E will pay the difference back one year via a credit note. So this is a better plan DR-SES in general as you can sell your solar energy for more and pay for less for peak performance.
This means that when you export excess electricity from your solar panels, you will be paid less by the utility than you are charged to buy the equivalent amount of electricity from the grid.