PG&E changes reason for raising rates

01/15/2014 1:10 PM

01/15/2014 11:28 AM

Re “State regulator mull electricity pricing changes” (California Focus, Jan. 12): PG&E is up to its old tricks again. In the late 1990s, the company said the grid was maxed out and that we needed alternate sources of electricity. Now, it wants to raise rates on solar producers, claiming they don't support the grid. PG&E made its rates punitive. The more energy used, the higher the cost per kilowatt hour. The company said it did this so we would conserve. Now, it wants to punish low consumers of power, claiming they don't pay their fair share of the cost, and it wants to lower the rates for the high consumers who used up all the grid capacity in the first place. PG&E says this is fair. What do consumers say?

-- Martin Marovich, Rocklin

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