Some residents in San Mateo County may have a new look to their energy bill starting next month. As part of a statewide energy policy, PG&E and Peninsula Clean Energy will move approximately 200,000 eligible San Mateo County electric customers currently on a tiered rate plan, called E-1, to a “time-of-use” rate plan.

PG&E said the transition, starting locally in September, will continue regionally through 2022 and affect approximately 2.5 million customers in the company’s service area. All California investor-owned electric utilities are required to automatically enroll customers into the time-of-use rate plan, which charges more for each kilowatt per hour from 4 to 9 p.m., a time slot deemed peak hours. Rates are cheaper during the remaining 19 hours, or “off-peak” hours.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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