Goal: Move towards real time pricing at RPU
Comments: Well to be fair I just didn’t get much done in this area and that is too bad because the potential benefit for our local economy is huge. Real time pricing means that we pay the actual cost of electricity at the time we use it. That means that on a hot sunny day in the middle of the summer when electricity is 25 cents per kWh, you would pay 25 cents. And if you choose to delay your clothes washing until 3 AM, you might pay 3 cents per kWh that may be the market rate at that time.
Why does this matter to Rochester? Because right now our poorest citizens are paying a regressive rate and fee structure so that they can heavily subsidize big box retailers (3 acre stores with no natural light?) and others that waste energy.
Also we would actually be able to use far more wind energy because, though we can’t control when the wind blows, we can control when we use energy. The problem is that at present while we can do this, there is no financial incentive and very little people are aware of the true cost of energy or how they could reduce it.
I gave myself the + because we did kill the regressive street lighting fee. I lost the first vote 6-1 and won the final vote 7-0. Thank you to all of you that wrote you council member.