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Power predicament

The 2005 Federal Energy Policy Act, Daylight Savings Time, mandated an adjustment in its calendar, the purpose of which is to manage energy use, if not achieve energy savings. PG&E hasn’t seemed to notice. Its “Time-of-Use meters are not currently programmed to recognize the newly extended … dates.” As a result, for four weeks (three weeks in March, and one in November), customers will pay peak rates until 7 p.m, instead of 6 p.m.

This leaves consumers the choice of shifting usage back by an hour or paying the higher power costs to cook dinner for a family (with young children) that would like to eat before they go to bed. I feel like I am being significantly inconvenienced or gouged by an energy company that couldn’t be bothered to move with the realities of the time.

I’m writing to my county and state representatives. I’d like to urge other PG&E customers to do so as well, and protest this convenient ineptitude that will cost rate-payers, to PG&E’s profit.

Howie Muir

Western Nevada County

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