SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — California regulators have approved Pacific Gas & Electric rate changes that give homeowners who use large amounts of electricity a break while those who conserve pay more.

The billing changes, which were approved Thursday by the state Public Utilities Commission, begin next week.

The changes were sought, in part, because of complaints from PG&E customers in the San Joaquin Valley, where electricity usage spikes during frequent heat waves.

Critics complain the changes will give people less incentive to conserve energy.

PG&E customers who use large amounts of electricity will pay 17.6 percent less than they do now, but utility spokesman Tom Bottorff said they will still pay nearly three times as much as the thriftiest customers.

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Comments (8)
  1. Libs R US says:

    I love it they should do the same with gas… CA what a bunch of LIB T ARDS

  2. siveson says:

    Time to go solar!

  3. mechanic says:

    Volume rate discounts are common in every field of business sales. If you buy 5,000 gallons of gas at one time, you sure aren’t going to pay the same price as someone who buys 20gals at the local station. It’s called economy of scale! Go to school; learn Economics 101; and quit whining.

    1. scuz75 says:

      I don’t have a problem with volume discounts, but don’t raise rates on the people who are trying to conserve to make up the difference.

  4. Sherry Kirschner says:

    You have to be kidding! What a crock. Punish those who are witching environmental issues and reward those who have and use more than they need. Ugh!

  5. Bloodhounds says:

    Erin Brockevich where are you?

  6. lj says:

    This is the U.S. Government in action…A Bunch of BS

  7. bjmulti3 says:

    What the???

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