Randy wrote:I would say if you're pulling 5,000 kWh annually from the grid and have quite a bit of super off peak usage, the EV-TOU5 rate makes sense. There will be a $16 monthly charge, but then you can buy super off peak energy at just over 9 cents per kWh. There are no limits to the quantity of energy you can buy during the TOU periods on the EV rates (which is not the case on other rates). You can use that to your advantage.
By the way, as a point of information, the super off peak times are midnight to 6am on weekdays, and then midnight to 2pm on weekends. In addition, during March and April, there is an additional super off peak period from 10am to 2pm on weekdays. If you were on the EV-TOU5 rate, you could be buying 9 cent energy during those times.
As far as your statement about the utility moving the goal posts, I would say that is exactly what is supposed to happen. Anything else would be a disservice to one type of customer or another. TOU periods and pricing have to continuously change as grid conditions change over the years.
I'm a solar owner myself, and my 5 year TOU period grandfathering expires this summer, so I'll be moving to the new TOU periods (4-9pm peak). I may not like it, but that IS when the power system hits its peak now...There's no denying that. So when you think about what the purpose of peak pricing is all about, it is absolutely correct to move it as conditions change...
Thanks, Randy. I appreciate your input despite my rant against the "big-uts". It is crazy the rates we pay here in San Diego county. I also have a house in Japan where I thought the rates were sky high. I realized last summer San Diego is higher at $.556/kwh versus $.388 in Japan. That is insane, and inexcusable.
As far as the EV-TOU5 rate plan, is this valid for my entire house? I have 2 meters in my home, one for the EV and the other for the residential power. Can I put my entire house on the EV-TOU5 plan? In my case, this would be cost effective at 9 cents per KWH.