Reduce your energy consumption and the price goes up.
I wonder why?
Californians pay nearly the highest electricity prices in the continental United States, about twice as much per kilowatt-hour (kwh) as in nearby Oregon and Washington.
Nevertheless, California’s prices are probably not high enough.
Some of the fires plaguing the drought-stricken state were caused by electrical lines downed by falling trees and by malfunctioning transformers. These fires have caused billions of dollars of damage to homes and other property.
The resulting lawsuits have bankrupted Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE).
Ultimately, California’s electricity consumers will have to pay for what it costs to generate and transmit power safely and will do so in their electric bills. Since the current price of electricity in California, high as it already is, is insufficient to pay all of these costs, the price per kilowatt-hour will have to go up, probably a lot.
The price in California may soon equal or surpass the current rates in Hawaii ( 34 cents per kwh ) or in Germany (27 cents per kwh).
As the price of electricity goes up, it will motivate people to use less of it.
It will also encourage more people to install solar panels on their houses and businesses. These actions will reduce how much electricity PGE will need to pump through its lines, making it easier to operate them safely.
The coming price increases in California will not be pleasant.
Unreliable electricity would be worse.