I initiated action for the Board to take an official position and action to oppose the income-based, fixed-rate electricity proposal. Unfortunately, my colleagues voted against this and are in favor of charging people for electricity based on their income.
The proposed fixed-rate bill fundamentally operates on an income-based charging model, where the more one earns, the higher the flat-rate electricity charges, even if they don't use much electricity or invested in rooftop solar. I’m completely against this proposal for several reasons, one of the biggest is that the utility companies will have access to your tax return, and your energy bill will be based on income and not usage.
Here's a breakdown of what this could mean for San Diegans:
- Households earning between $28,000 to $69,000 would face a monthly charge of $34.
- Those with incomes ranging from $69,000 to $180,000 would see a monthly charge of $73.
- Households earning above $180,000 would encounter a monthly charge of $128.