Anyone using or thinking of switching to the PG&E California E9 Time of Use rates should know that big changes are being discussed right now.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requested PG&E to suggest an alternate rate schedule with flat rates instead of the usual tiered rates. PG&E just filed their recommendation a few days ago and it would mean many customers would see their electric bill go way up. Especially Volt owners. The deadline for public comment appears to be October 17 which is just a couple weeks from now.
The new rates appear to favor large, almost entirely off-peak, electricity usage but would mean large percentage bill increases for many people with more typical and moderate energy use such as Volt drivers who have modest battery capacity to recharge. Among other things, the new proposal would get rid of the limited daytime off-peak charging rates on weekends.
A quick check appears to show that my own monthly E9a electric bill would increase over 50% and that I would be better off going back to the regular non-TOU E1 rate that gives me no financial incentive to charge off-peak.
The new PG&E proposal is at http://www.pge.com/nots/rates/tariff...LEC_3910-E.pdf.
There is a lot of good information over at http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopi...=5794&start=10.