The absurdity of OhmHours in a net-negative situation
I really want to like this system, and help make energy production more efficient and cleaner. But because I've already invested so heavily in energy savings, The ohmconnect system for me is frustrating at best, and a deterrent to energy saving at worst.
My home is a net-negative electricity consumer. I'm a producer. All year, every month (though not every hour or even every day). So far, almost every one of my forecasts have been negative. And to beat a negative forecast, I have to be MORE negative, of course. And many times, that is simply impossible. Not difficult. Impossible.
(I should point out how amusing my status bars are: I typically need a larger status bar (more negative) to show that I've beaten my forecast of a shorter status bar (less negative) except for those rare times when ohmhours are set when my forecast is positive consumption, in which case my status bar needs to be shorter than the forecast bar. So... most days my status bar needs to be longer than the forecast in order to win, and sometimes it needs to be shorter. It is confusing and crazy, and impossible to take in at a glance).
A typical example of my impossible-to-beat scenario: My forecast is -2.5 kWh because for the last days and weeks at this hour, the sun has been up, and I'm making lots of electricity from my PV system. My forecast is for production of 2.5 kWh, not consumption. But on this day of the OhmHour, a storm has rolled in, and the clouds have severely cut my solar output. So even if I shut off EVERY electricity consumer in my entire house, I am penalized for generating if my solar output as dropped to, say, 1 kWh during this time. Sure, I can opt out and lose my streak. Or I can stay in and lose my streak. There is NO possible way for me to maintain my streak because there is no way to reduce my consumption below zero. I'm a loser while I'm doing far more than my share to save electricity.
This is crazy. Time after time I have gone over my forecast (negative) while I am generating electricity. I can invest in all kinds of smart plugs, but it doesn't matter. All that has to happen is a slight change in weather, and I'm screwed. How about if I hook up a diesel generator to stay ahead of those OhmHours that are designed to reduce such polluting things? If I can't be a winner in this system that is supposed to champion conservation, there is zero incentive for me to stay in.
Can this be fixed? I think it can. But it'll only be fixed if ohmconnect is really dedicated to electricity conservation and not to profit. The tagline for ohmconnect is "take charger of your energy." And I've done that. But I'm still a loser in this system.