Summer Discount Plan Terms & Conditions

Eligibility & Requirements

If you are a business of any size in SCE’s service territory, take service under one of SCE’s qualifying Commercial & Industrial rates and are not enrolled in the Capacity Bidding Program (CBP) or the Time of Use Base Interruptible Program (TOU-BIP), then you are eligible to participate in the program.

To participate, your central air conditioner must be in good working order at enrollment and throughout your participation. Cycling devices will not be installed on non-operational air conditioners. If your central air conditioner becomes inoperable while you are participating in the Summer Discount Plan, you should have it repaired immediately. If it is discovered that your air conditioner is not in good working order or that you have tampered with the cycling device, your service account may be removed from the program.

If you are a tenant, you are responsible for determining whether your property owner or manager’s approval is required for the installation and operation of the cycling device. If so, you are responsible for obtaining this approval prior to submitting your application to us.

The Summer Discount Plan is subject to availability of cycling devices and adequate device signal strength at your location. It is not recommended for premises with employees or staffs who have respiratory conditions or are unable to tolerate high temperatures.

Participation Period

There is a 1-year minimum participation period requirement, starting on the activation date of your cycling device, unless the program is suspended, modified, or terminated by the CPUC. If, during the 1-year period, you, or someone in your business, develop a medical condition that disqualifies you from participating in the program, as substantiated by a medical provider, you may also request to be removed from the Summer Discount Plan. Your enrollment will be continuous unless, after the conclusion of the 1-year minimum participation period, you notify us that you wish to terminate. Plan option downgrades to Good Value and to Maximum Comfort can each be made only once in a 12-month period. If you de-enroll from the Summer Discount Plan, you may not re-enroll within a 12-month period.

Bill Credits

Bill credits will be calculated based on these factors:

  • Your current rate schedule;
  • The size of your central air conditioner(s) being cycled – the greater the calculated tonnage, the larger the credit;
  • The option you select – Maximum Savings (100%), Good Value (50%), or Maximum Comfort (30%); and
  • The amount of electricity you use.

Maximum credits based on enrollment in program from June 1 to October 1. Enrollment after June 1 will result in prorated credits beginning from the first meter read date after your application is processed and your device is installed and activated.

Summer Discount Plan credit amounts and program options are subject to change pursuant to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Duration of Turn-Off/Cycling

Under the Maximum Savings option, your A/C may be turned off for up to 6 hours per day. Under the Good Value option, your A/C may be cycled off for 15 minutes of every half hour, for up to 6 hours per day. Under the Maximum Comfort option, you’re A/C may be cycled off for 9 minutes of every half hour, for up to 6 hours per day. In the event of a system emergency, we may, at our discretion, extend the cycling period beyond the 6-hour duration limit. However, no new energy event will be initiated after the 6-hour limit has been met.

Total Turned-Off/Cycled Hours Per Year

The maximum length of time that your A/C may be cycled off is 180 hours per year.

Complete Tariff Information

This information is meant as an aid to understanding SCE’s Summer Discount Plan. It does not replace the CPUC-approved tariffs. Any inconsistencies between this material and SCE’s tariffs are unintended, and the tariffs prevail. Please refer to SCE’s Tariff Books for a complete list of terms and conditions of service.