We should tariff things, not premises…
- Apr 6, 2022 9:14 pm GMT
It does not matter how you use energy, the meter measures and the utility bills it all the same.
With the electrification trend that is coming, far more uses of electricity are going to get bundled into one rate.
Your vehicle: heating and cooling (HVAC); the production of your solar and operation of your battery, etc.
Should the cost of heat be tied to the cost to charge a vehicle?
What if we flipped the way we charge for electricity and charged by use type?
One rate for HVAC, another for EV, still another for solar or battery, etc.?
Impossible you say! In the current regulatory environment.
Current metering setup makes it impossible.
How about we change that?
Regulations need to be rewritten for electrification; metering needs to be updated to support operations.
The intelligence in the meter can support more than one measurement, there is no need to pay for a second or third communications card in a second or third meter. Instead, meters become modular. One measurement device per EV, one for HVAC, etc. One computing device to support all the devices.
Tariffs and rates designed for the use. Real time pricing based on wholesale for EVs, a steady rate for HVAC, etc.?
1) People will game the system
2) People will make illegal connections
3) Too confusing
4) Too hard on billing systems
5) Forecasting load will be too hard
Now is the time to discuss this and other options before the country goes all electric.
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