The temperature is soaring and your A/C is working non-stop…what a perfect time for the jerks at Southern California Edison to raise your rates – well, unless you are rich and use a ton of energy. Then, you pay less. Seems fair.
Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission gave Edison and other electricity providers permission to lower the rates of homes that use the most energy while raising the rates for houses that use the least. And while many – using logic – thought this was unfair, the electric companies claimed it was necessary because high-usage customers have unfairly subsidized low-usage customers for years.
I mean how are their pools full of money supposed to grow if they are slightly helping poor people from not dying of heat stroke?
Here is how the new rates work, via Desert Sun:
Right now, homes pay for energy in four tiers (previously five tiers), with rates rising as energy use crosses the threshold into each tier. The first block of energy doesn’t cost very much, per unit of energy; the fourth block costs the most. Starting June 1, the number of tiers will be reduced from four to three, with the cost of energy in the lowest tier going up and the cost of energy in the highest tier going down.
But don’t worry. If you hate the fact that Edison is treating you like garbage because you do not have a huge Bighorn home using a shit ton of energy, fear not. You can always choose to go with another electricity provider. Oh wait.