Marin Energy Authority Hopes to Get More Competitive With PG&E on Rates

PG&E to reduce a fee charged to authority users that compensates for the utility giant's loss of customers.


The Marin Energy Authority, which now provides an energy alternative to PG&E , may see rates get more competitive this year, according to a Marin Independent Journal article

MEA Executive Officer Dawn Weisz said PG&E will reduce a fee it has been charging authority users. The Power Charge Indifference Adjustment, which compensates for the loss of PG&E's customers to the authority, will be lessened beginning July 1.

But because the PCIA fee is being reduced, not eliminated, authority customers will continue to pay a bit more for their electricity than PG&E customers. Weisz said the authority's average residential customer can expect to pay approximately $2.50 more per month than with PG&E's generation supply.

PG&E will also be raising its generation rate for residential customers. See the IJ article for more details.

Rico May 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I read that the ratepayers of the MMWD now pay about $250,000 MORE per quarter or around $1 million per year MORE for the electricity that we buy from MEA accounts. No doubt that the MMWD is the single largest consumer of electricity in central Marin, so when the MMWD benevolently loaned the MEA $1 million of our money as seed money to set up the brokerage scheme, they knew that they would be paid back soon, and they were. When the MEA brokerage plan was first conceived, the MMWD was still pushing the desalination plant, but that got scrapped in court by Judge Lynn Duryee. No doubt that MEA officials planed to to kick back and enjoy a fat profit off of the desalination plant, thank goodness there was a water surplus in the MMWD. All you people that got fooled by the MEA Ponzi scheme are going to be sorry once you wake up and read your electric bills. And PG&E has applied for 2 more rate increases on all of it's customers, one is the mandated Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU) initiative. This market redesign is to allow for agencies like the MEA to siphon money off of the utilities like PG&E. MEA is not taking any money away from PG&E, just weaseling in to suck up extra money from consumers who think that they are doing something green, and gouging all public agencies. That is one of the main reasons that the MMWD has had to raise their rates, to pay higher costs for MEA electricity, but the MMWD will never admit that. We have been scammed to the max.
Rico May 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Another thing about the technology upgrade part of the rate increase. It has nothing at all to do with the $2.2 billion rate increase already approved for the SmartMeter and smart radio grid project that was approved in 2006. This new technology upgrade is a separate $300 million project to upgrade our electrical power grid in PG&E territory. The project is expected to start within 2 years, and take 10 years to complete. Part of this upgrade is to install sensors at intervals along the circuits that come out of the substations and feed the step down transformers. This will allow the power grid operators (not the MEA) to have access to real time information about loads being used, detect power diversion theft and to spot outages reliably. Another part of the project is to upgrade and increase capacity of the electrical power grid to accommodate new sources of power being added like : solar, wind and geothermal renewable power.
Rico July 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I read an article buried in the IJ a few weeks ago. The article explained that in 2010 when the MMWD "partnered" with the MEA/MCE, they had had 203 accounts transferred to the MEA, but at the end of July 2012, the MMWD will have 236 active electric accounts with the MEA. That completely explains the rate increases recently forced on us MMWD ratepayers. Those middleman brokerage fees are going to make the MMWD water more expensive. And couple that with the middleman fees paid to private health insurance corporations and retirement fund managers. That is why we nee Single Payer Now!


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