Price Increase Possible for Solar Customers

SDG&E is is requesting to increase prices for homeowners using solar power

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011  |  Updated 1:54 PM PDT
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Solar energy customers may see an increase in prices if SDG&E can swing it.

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San Diego Gas & Electric is hoping to change the way it bills homeowners with solar power, according to our media partner North County Times.

Should regulators approve the request, SDG&E would unbundle the charges for electricity and for transporting electricity.

Solar customers could end up paying an average of $33 extra per month, said J.C. Thomas, the utility's manager for government and regulatory affairs, last week.

On Monday, SDG&E spokeswoman Stephanie Donovan revised the increased estimate, saying the average was closer to $11 a month.

Rates for electricity would be lower, but a new "network use charge" would tack on a fee for using the utility's power lines. Thomas said the charge would be about 4 or 5 cents a kilowatt, based on a customer's average hourly use, excluding late at night.

Traditional electricity customers would not see a change in their bills.

Read the full story at North County Times.

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