Solar users caught between rock and a hard place
I've been actively doing OhmHours for a couple of years now, but at this time, points have dried up to nearly zero for me. I'm both a solar user as well as a low power user (efficient house, no A/C).
As the solar users know, we have a different criteria where you need to reduce 0.4 kwh for Gold and 0.8 kwh for Platinum - that's because the 15% and 40% reductions become weird when you get towards zero or negative consumption (net generation). I understood the point when many OhmHours were say around 4 or 5 pm (even though in my case, my solar is shaded completely after 3 pm).
But what has really caught solar in a double-whammy is the alternative Gold/Platinum criteria for solar (the rock), and the new trend towards late OhmHours (the hard place). EVERY OhmHour since spring has been 8-9 pm, except the one double OhmHour from 7-9 pm. For me, a low power user, my average consumption during 8-9 pm has been 0.7 kwh. Solar doesn't generate at 8 pm. To get Gold, I have to reduce 0.4, or 57%; to get Platinum, I have to reduce 0.8, or >100% - meaning not only use nothing, but actually generate 0.1 kwh in the dark!
In actuality, I've reduced my 0.7 kwh consumption by 25% over the last OhmHours, I should be well into Gold for the 50% bonus. I know as a low power user I only get a base $0.20-0.30 per OhmHour, only because of streak bonus and Gold/Platinum bonus does it get anywhere near $1 to make it emotionally worth it. I have a decent streak, but without any chance of a Gold/Platinum bonus, it doesn't seem worth it.
I didn't quit participating, but I changed my willing hours to exclude after 8 pm. Since then, I've gone from being invited to about 2 OhmHours a week, to literally zero invites in the last three weeks. So basically OhmConnect has abandoned me - I expect I pretty much won't get any more OhmHour invites going forward....