> There is nothing wrong with long term pricingWhen it is backed by long term costs. Otherwise, it creates a risk of bankruptcy - which would shift costs to the wrong people (like consumers).
Dave Angelini said:
Be careful up there Bill ! I just heard the SF bay area has the worst air quality in the world right now. Think of the really bad places on this planet and the bay area is the leader ..........
There are all sorts of real life pricing models out there... You can write a 30 year contract..........
> I think there should be a pricing model that signals users to put load on the grid.Absolutely. Skip right over fixed time of use models and go straight to this. It will reduce pollution and grid stress, even at the same annual average $/kWh. Pricing clearly suggests that combined cycle gas, hydro, wind and utility scale solar are the future (the mix depends on how you account for pollution costs).