Submitted by BAT on March 12, 2013
Hello, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I drive a Nissan Leaf and would like to get a Tesla Model S soon. However, I've been looking at the electric bills at my house and have been trying to figure out why they are so high, often $400+ every month. I've discovered the reason for the high bills is PG&E's system of tiered pricing that discourages heavy electric use. For example, I am currently paying $.34 per Kilowatt Hour, and I am on the Standard E1 rate plan that has constant prices for each day regardless of time. I am switching over to the E9A plan which has lower rates at night but I don't think it will solve the problem because that plan is still influenced by the tiered pricing system, so I would still be paying almost $.20/KWH when charging my car at night, which seems crazy high. The transitions to the higher rates occur around 15KWH per day, which is far less than what I'm using, and I suspect far less than any electric car driver would use.
Is the only way to avoid the punitive tiered pricing to install a separate power panel and meter? For people on PG&E who have done that, what are you paying per KWH?