Calif. power company seeks higher rates for energy efficient customers

Most people think that by being energy efficient (like using mercury filled CFLs) they are going to reduce their energy bills. However, from what I’ve been reading, more and more energy companies realize that they are going to lose money, so they want to charge customers who use less energy more money to make up for the losses they will experience. Most people are buying the energy efficient appliances and lights and other items for the savings they hope to see on their energy bills, not because they want to be good citizens on planet earth.

From Raw Story:

Think it’s keen to be green? Not if you’re California’s Pacific Gas & Electric, according to a recent report.

Utility provider PG&E, in documents filed with the state, is seeking a five percent rate increase for its most energy-efficient customers. The increase is reportedly so the company can give it’s highest-volume customers a price break.

“[The] company, with profits up 4.6 percent in the third quarter of this year, said they’re just trying to be fair,” California blog Mission Local noted.

“It’s necessary to avoid the continued shifting of costs associated with utility services to a limited set of residential customers,” PG&E spokesperson told blogger Heather Duthie.

That “limited set of residential customers” the company refers to are those who use between 131 and 300 percent of average customers, Mission Local added. Under the proposal, they can expect future savings between 2.5 and 5.7 percent on their electric rates.

Meanwhile, the company is promoting energy efficiency through its residential Web portal, even launching a flash-based renewable energy promotion on the domain wecandothis.com.

If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, the rate increases for energy efficient users would take effect on Jan. 10, 2010.

The Utility Reform Network, otherwise known to Californians as TURN, filed a protest on Thursday with the utilities commission, objecting to the rate increases.

When PG&E went bankrupt in 2001, the company was carrying over $9 billion in debt and had listed assets of up to $36 billion.

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