California May Hit Residents with Fixed Utility Rates in Push for ‘Clean Energy’

California residents, led by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, could soon be hit with a fixed electricity rate as part of the state’s green energy push.

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote on May 9, 2024, on whether the state’s largest electric utility can issue fixed rates, CalMatters reported. report Monday.

The article said that under the proposed rules, “electricity companies would be required to lower the rates we pay for each unit of electricity we consume.”

In a March 27, 2024 news release, the Commission stated: explained:

As required by Assembly Bill (AB) 205, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced lower home electricity rates for Californians, including those living in low-income Californians and the most affected areas of the state. He announced a proposal to reduce people’s electricity bills. It also advances the state’s clean energy goals while minimizing the impact of extreme weather events.

Under the proposal, the flat rate would be $24.15 per month, reducing the price of every customer’s unit of electricity by 5 to 7 cents per kilowatt-hour. $24.15 is the same amount as the flat rate for Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) customers and significantly lower than some stakeholders’ proposals of up to $73 per month.

Customers enrolled in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Low Income Assistance Program can benefit from a discounted flat rate of $6 per month. $12 per month discount for customers enrolled in the Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) and those living in deed-restricted affordable housing with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. You are eligible for a flat fee.

According to CalMatters, Republicans oppose the idea because the “income-based nature of the tax is similar to a progressive income tax.”

Some Democrats have criticized the bill, saying that “reducing the consumption rate would water down the incentive to pay attention to electricity usage.”

Breitbart News reported in August that California is relying more on fossil fuels for electricity as summer temperatures rise. The magazine pointed to the fact that solar and wind energy cannot meet peak demand.

According to Breitbart News, in September 2022, when California was depleted of its power supply and had to turn on four natural gas-fired backup plants, California officials issued an “Energy Emergency Alert.” ” was declared.