Should California Link Electricity Bills to Customer Incomes?

By [email protected] California already has some of the highest electricity rates in the country. Those costs could rise even faster over the next decade, as utilities harden their grids against wildfires, grow their share of net-metered rooftop solar and add other costs that will be passed through to utility customers.

But recovering those costs by charging customers by the kilowatt-hour pushes too much of the burden on those least able to pay, according to a new report from the University of California at Berkeley. That’s not just unfair to the state’s most vulnerable residents, the report argues — it could also make

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