SDG&E is trying to move all homeowners to a Time-Of-Use (TOU) rate structure, unless action is taken. Even solar customers! This is a phased migration beginning March 1 and continues through the end of 2019. You may have already gotten notice of the change or will soon!
What is TOU?
Between the hours of 4-9 pm, when most people use the majority of their electricity, it will cost you more. In order to keep your family’s utility costs down, TOU requires that you discipline your electricity usage during times of the day (anything other than 4-9 pm) when the rates are less. You must decide if this is best for your family or SDG&E will do it for you!
With certain limited exceptions, SDG&E will try to move ALL of their residential customers to TOU rates, including solar customers whose solar was offically connected before March 30th, 2018 and are grandfathered onto a tiered rate structure. Based on our analysis, Baker believes that staying on your current rate may be more beneficial for most solar customers who are grandfathered. However, we encourage you to do your own analysis to ensure optimal energy cost savings.
If you ultimately decide to remain at your current rate, here’s what you do:
When you receive notification from SDG&E** about this rate change, choose 1 of the 3 following options:
1. Call SDG&E residential customer service at 1.877.558.1674, and ask to remain on your current rate structure
2. When you receive it from SDG&E via mail, return the “I’M READY TO CHOOSE MY PRICING PLAN” insert with the “I want to remain on my current plan” option selected. See example below.
3. Log in to your SDG&E account at https://myaccount.sdge.com, click on to “Compare Pricing Plan” and follow the instructions that allow you to select remaining on your current plan.
Opt out early
If you choose to opt-out of TOU before you receive your SDG&E notice (and you have that right), you do have a way to notify them that you would like to remain on your current rate structure:
Notify SDG&E via letter requesting you remain on your current rate structure.
P.O. Box 129831
San Diego, CA 92112-9831
If you have specific SDG&E rate structure questions or are interested in adding a Tesla Powerwall Home Battery to your solar system, contact us via email at:
Additionally, if you have friends or family who are current Baker Solar Customers, please pass this information along to them!
** Note: You have the option to lock in your current rate prior to receiving your TOU notice from SDG&E.