I recently received a notice from Southern California Edison about rate changes. I notice that the terms of my “Summer Discount Plan” also changed. Edison now says that I will only get the discount if I register at least 1.5 kWh of electrical load for the hour before or after the SDP event (air conditioner remotely shut off by Edison). If I fail this usage level, I will be removed from the program and not allowed to re-enroll for one year.
Last year, when I would learn there was to be a “flex alert,” I would be sure to make every effort to not use electricity during the day. If possible, I would turn off my lights, computer, TV, air conditioner and spend the day near the beach. Or, if at home, I would make by with a fan and not run the air conditioner, the dishwasher, the oven or do laundry.
But that was last year, before the new Edison rule. This week it is going to be very hot and there is a “flex alert” with warnings to reduce electrical use. Well, can you guess what I am going to do to assure that I am not dis-enrolled from Edison’s plan? Right! I will make absolutely sure that the air conditioner and other electrical loads are fully on and leave them on to try and meet or exceed the new Edison criteria. Since I am not 100 percent sure what it takes to reach the 1.5 kWh level, I may bake some cookies and do some laundry and run the dishwasher all at the same time. I sure hope I can use enough power to stay on the program!
— Allen Shirley, Laguna Woods
No longer newsworthy because Ossoff lost?
Re: “Republicans hang on to Georgia congressional seat” [News, June 21]: Betcha it would have been on the front page had Jon Ossoff won.
Democrats from around the country poured in millions, but they still lost. Doesn’t sound like they’re getting the message though, so they’ll seek more money, more celebrity love and more positive media coverage.
It’s working so well.
— Linda Dean, Santa Ana
Thanks for wasting your money
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