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Energy Commission Adopts Solar Mandate for 2020

As expected, the California Energy Commission voted 5-0 on May 9th to adopt the new energy standards that will take effect in 2020. This adoption includes a modest increase to the efficiency measures of the home but also includes the nation’s first mandate for a residential rooftop solar component.

The 2019 Residential Energy Efficiency Standards (effective 1/1/20)


Electric Utility Rates: Time-of-Use Rates are Coming in 2019

Throughout 2019, electric utilities in California will be switching over to a new rate structure with “Time of Use” being the default rate for consumers. While electric utility ratepayers will have the opportunity to chose from a variety of different rate structures, if none are chosen, the ratepayer will (with few exceptions) be automatically moved to the Time-of-Use (TOU) rate structure. Simply put, a TOU rate will charge significantly more for electricity used during the hot afternoon and evening hours of the summer months than, for example, during the early morning hours of the day. For a summary of the TOU plans for the major electric utilities, please kick on the appropriate link below (coming soon):

  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Los Angeles Water & Power
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Southern California Edison
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
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