A new system proposed for pricing electricity in California could result in bigger utility bills.
According to the Associated Press, the State Public Utilities Commission will vote whether to change the price of electricity depending on the time of day it was used ... rather than the amount of power consumed.
Supporters say the new pricing scheme would encourage conservation during afternoons, when demand is at its peak.
Ratepayers would still have the option of choosing a flat rate, which would go up for those using the least electricity and go down for those who use the most.
Consumer advocates say the pricing changes would likely raise bills significantly for people in hot areas ... like the North State ... who rely on air conditioning.###