Arcata Considers Grow House Tax
The Arcata City Council is researching a “high electricity use” tax which would apply to residences using 300% or more of PG&E’s baseline electricity levels.
According to research compiled by the City, each year from 2005 to 2009, more than 1,000 households collectively used more than 10,000,000 kilowatt hours in excess of that level.
More than 500 such households are on PG&E’s CARE program, intended to provide low electricity rates for poor people.
Here’s a link to the Arcata memo: arcata_heu_tax.
CARE rates have been increased recently on high usage levels, but they remain well below market rates.
A PG&E slide presentation from an October 2011 workshop states that more than 54% of CARE households in Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, and Santa Cruz counties use more than 6x baseline levels, while only 7% of CARE households statewide use that much electricity.
[UPDATE: The PG&E slide presentation refers to two articles written by Thadeus Greenson. T-S exception Greenson quotes APD Police Chief Tom Chapman: “These lights aren’t the lights this program was intended to keep on.”]