RED BLUFF >> As part of a multi-year, statewide energy policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will move some 60,830 eligible residents on a tiered rate plan called E-1 to a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plan in April.
Roughly 5,303 residents in Tehama County will receive a series of notifications by mail starting this month, allowing ample time to decide if they prefer to opt out of the plan.
The TOU rate plan allows customers to control the price of their bill by designating rates for specific times of the day. The peak time period of 4-9 p.m. has a higher cost and all other times are a lower cost.
“If people can do simple things such as shifting laundry, dish washing, vacuuming outside of peak hours then they will pay less for the energy used in the off peak hours,” said PG&E Communications Principal Paul Moreno. “We can make better use of renewable energy by shifting usage to off peak periods.”
Reducing excessive energy intake at peak times allows PG&E and its customers to mitigate potential environmental impacts caused by exponential stress on power grids.
All California investor-owned electric utilities are required to automatically transition customers to the TOU rate plan. Customers enrolled in the Medical Baseline program will not be part of the automatic transition. Customers with solar panels will not be affected.
“To ensure our customers are fully aware of the transition to the Time-of-Use rate and how the program works, we’re communicating this change more than 90 days ahead, and we’ll continue to share information before each regional transition takes place,” said PG&E’s Chief Customer Officer Marlene Santos. “And, customers can choose the rate plan that best fits their needs and lives at any time.”
Customers who automatically transition to this TOU rate plan will receive risk-free Bill Protection for the first year on the delivery portion of the bill. If a customer pays more on the TOU rate plan than they would have on their current rate plan, PG&E will automatically credit the customer the difference for the first year on the generation side.
For more information about the transition to TOU rates and Bill Protection eligibility, customers can visit www.pge.com/toutransition.