I remember it always being the case, that the ability to shift use to off-peak hours (9am-9PM "winter", 6PM-8AM "summer") was critical, but just noticed new rate-design after 7/1/16 now carries a higher distribution and transmission charge penalty, for on-peak use. One has to shift even more, I think. On Peak = 32 cents/kwh Off Peak = 13 cents/kwh A-1 steady rate = 18.5 cents/kwh Each of the above is all-in, with the 7.6 cent supply charge. My use this last month was ~5.5X as much off-peak, as peak. The pride didn't last though, as it took our average kwh rate down only 1.4 cents below the "care free" A-1 plan. Why not hang up all the timers, forgo the fancy car charge scheduling and set the A/C to be good'n cool when I get home, at 6? I totally understand how peak loads send the resource signal for new generation construction and subsequent rate-payer costs, because this stuff is close to my job. I witness the load spikes of the NEPOOL just before 6PM. So, I ask what's the economic incentive to even fuss anymore? Unless I exceed 3X as much use at night/weekends, there's none. If I fall much below 2:1 with off-peak use, the TOU bills get downright punitive. MA DPU, You've succeeded at getting average kwh prices up high enough to sponsor efficiencies and demand response, but our relationship with NSTAR (and Nat Grid) needs improvement. National Grid, Eversource to pull out of Access Northeast gas pipeline project "But [AG] Healey has said the region's energy needs should be met with efficiency and demand response instead. " Going OT, a bit, but does anyone else think this was a bold thing for her to say? Especially for an AG, who ought to wear consumer's interests. I understand how higher prices change behavior for environmental aims, but should that be the new job description of the MA Atty General?