1. How California's New Time-of-Use Rates Will Affect C&I Customers Considering Solar PV

    How California's New Time-of-Use Rates Will Affect C&I Customers Considering Solar PV

    On December 1, San Diego Gas & Electric became the first of California’s investor-owned utilities to implement a new time-of-use period that shifts the peak period later into the evening, to align with the "head" of the duck curve. Commercial, institutional and industrial customers in SDG&E territory are subject to some of the most expensive demand charges in the country, making it an attractive market for demand-charge management. Unlike residential customers, many non-residential customers are subject to demand charges that are billed based on the facility’s highest monthly demand (measured in kilowatts), which can often exceed half of their total monthly utility bill. An energystoragesystem optimized for demand-charge management can reduce demand charges by forecasting when the load will spike and then discharging the energy storage system to mitigate the peaks measured by the utility meter. 

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