It could happen there!
Here in AZ, Arizona Public Service, our WAPA, is petitioning the Corporation Commission to be able to charge from $50 to $100 per month any customer using solar panels. This is to cover the cost of maintaining the power grid.
Alana - even at .09 electricity bills in AZ were usually more than most peoples bills here, even at our rate. My bill in the summertime could reach $500 for my AZ home - 2800sq ft. I did have a pool too that ran a lot in the summer.
After 6 months in I still am confused on why peoples bills are so high. Mines never been above $150. We do our best to conserve of course but don't obsess about it. We don't have a microwave or dishwasher but both washer and dryer are electric, fridge internet and security system runs all day. I mean I guess if you have a pool that would take a chunk.... I do think businesses are the real ones that suffer from the rates.
WAPA has had little foresight ..... and not upgrading and converting sooner, is mainly due to them being a semi-govt entity and took the easy path forward with fuel oil. Similarly, they should have added a net-metering fee for those with PV panels, since the grid is actually being used as a battery and the fact that WAPA needs to reduce power at their facilities to compensate for the solar electric. Units running at part-load are less efficient and more costly to run.
AandA2VI - Just think of what your bill would be like here considering your usage, if you were only paying $.09 per Kwh!;)
I guess heating and cooling costs in AZ can drive bills right up there.
I guess we can consider ourselves lucky that we do not have to pay to stay warm in the winter months and actually look forward to them!
Still, would be nice to pay less for electricity and have consistant and reliable service, yr. round.