Wasn't SDG&E one of the California utilities that is concerned about netmetering with Solar?
And on prior Smart Grid News Blogs, the question of netmetering fairness was raised?
Something doesn't smell right here! $0.75/KWhr to not use energy -- but netmetering and crediting the small producers $0.15 is too much, unfair, etc.
Residential solar production in SDG&E's service area would be typically between 7AM and 7PM, peaking mid-day. If they are willing to pay $0.75 not to use electricity during the peaks- why not pay $0.15 to produce it and put the excess back onto the grid during the peaks?
And speaking of unfair -- those huge megamansions in the hills with mega-airconditioners, can problably be turned down with little inconvience to the owners. That would result in large paybacks at $0.75... but the small low income families -some enduring the heat without air conditioning would have a hard time reducing their energy loads.
So which is more fair - netmetering at $0.15 KWhr production during peaks or $0.75KWhr demand reduction?