Time-Of-Use Residential Rate Plans

Time-Of-Use (TOU) Rate Plans

If you are able to manage your energy habits, one of our Time-Of-Use plans may be the best fit for your home. Rates on a TOU plan are based on the time of day and the season.

TOU plans can help you manage your energy costs. By taking advantage of lower rates during off-peak and super off-peak periods, you can avoid higher weekday rates when energy resources are in demand.

  • Electricity prices are typically lower early in the day, overnight, and on the weekends
  • Bills may be higher during the summer but overall annual energy costs can be lower
  • The new TOU 4-9PM and 5-8PM plans offer low prices while the sun is shining and solar power is contributing to the power grid
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How Can TOU Help You Save?

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Time-Of-Use plans are designed so you have options to reduce your overall costs. Check out the video to discover how TOU rate plans work.

Want to maximize your savings? Explore tips to lower your bill with a TOU plan here:

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Compare Our TOU Rate Plans

Select the tabs to compare our TOU rate plans. Rates effective as of 10/01/22.

Don’t see your current rate? You may be enrolled in a discontinued rate plan.

Better for customers who stay up late. May benefit smaller households in coastal areas with moderately sized homes or condos.

Highest rates: Summer Weekdays 4-9 p.m.
Daily Basic Charge: $0.03 per day
Minimum Daily Charge: $0.35 per day
Baseline Credit: $0.09 per kWh up to your monthly baseline allocation
For example, if your monthly allocation is 200 kWh, you’d see a $18 credit on your bill.
*Effective October 1, SCE will offer an additional baseline allocation for Heat Pump Water Heater customers on this rate.
May be eligible for bill protection

June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June through September. TOU-D-4-9PM weekday rate has Off-Peak and On-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 34 cents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. On-Peak is 54 cents from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
TOU-D-4-9PM weekend rate has Off-Peak and Mid-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 34 cents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Mid-Peak is 44 cents from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Better for customers who end the night early. May benefit those who are home during the day and tend to live in smaller rented dwellings.

Highest rates: Summer Weekdays 5-8 p.m.
Daily Basic Charge: $0.03 per day
Minimum Daily Charge: $0.35 per day
Baseline Credit: $0.10 per kWh up to your monthly baseline allocation
For example, if your monthly allocation is 200 kWh, you’d see a $20 credit on your bill.
*Effective October 1, SCE will offer an additional baseline allocation for Heat Pump Water Heater customers on this rate.
May be eligible for bill protection
The rates shown reflect pricing for customers that receive both delivery and generation services from SCE. If you are receiving your generation services from a provider other than SCE, your rates may differ. For generation costs, please contact your Community Choice Aggregation Service Provider or Direct Access Electric Service Provider for more details.

June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June through September. TOU-D-5-8PM weekday rate has Off-Peak and On-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 33 cents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. On-Peak is 67 cents from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
TOU-D-5-8PM weekend rate has Off-Peak and Mid-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 33 cents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Mid-Peak is 50 cents from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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A rate for an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid owners and lessees, customers with a residential battery, or customers with an electric heat pump system for water or space heating. This rate has a fixed daily basic charge which allows for lower Super Off-Peak and Off-Peak rates. This is ideal for customers who use clean energy technologies and can shift that usage to lower-cost times.

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This rate is not eligible for Bill Protection. Customers must confirm ownership (or lease) of one or more of these clean energy technologies when they enroll, except for those currently enrolled in TOU-D-A, TOU-D-B, or TOU-D-T.

The rates shown reflect pricing for customers that receive both delivery and generation services from SCE. If you are receiving your generation services from a provider other than SCE, your rates may differ. For generation costs, please contact your Community Choice Aggregation Service Provider or Direct Access Electric Service Provider for more details.

Highest rates: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Daily Basic Charge: $0.44
Minimum Daily Charge: None
Baseline Credit: None

June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June through September. TOU-D-PRIME weekday rate has Off-Peak and On-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 24 cents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. On-Peak is 62 cents from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Weekend rate has Off-Peak and Mid-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 24 cents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Mid-Peak is 37 cents from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Interested in getting text alerts to inform you of on-peak and or off-peak periods on your new rate plan? Sign up below and get notified of peak periods through your text messages.www.scetextalert.com

Ready to Change Your Rate?

If you would like to change your rate plan to one of our TOU Rate Plans, call us at 1-866-743-1645.

You can also change your plan online by using the Rate Plan Comparison Tool.

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Tap into Cleaner Energy with TOU

Cleaner energy sources like wind and solar help lower the environmental impact of the energy grid. The sun shines while most of us are at work and the wind blows while we’re asleep. With a TOU plan, you can potentially save energy and lower electricity bills by using renewable energy when it’s naturally available.

Along with using cleaner energy, find out how you can help the environment and potentially lower electricity bills by being more energy efficient.

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Get Help With Your Bills

We understand that paying bills can be a challenge, and we want to help. Learn more about our discount programs, get more time by making a payment arrangement, or apply for one-time assistance through our Energy Assistance Fund.

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Residential Time-Of-Use FAQ

There is no minimum commitment period, and you can choose to sign up or un-enroll from the TOU-D-4-9PM, TOU-D-5-8PM, or TOU-D-PRIME rate plans at any time. Keep in mind that if you switch from a Time-Of-Use rate plan to an alternate plan, you will not be able to make another switch for a full 12 months.

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The rate you are currently on may now be a discontinued TOU rate plan, including TOU-D-A, TOU-D-B, TOU-D-T, and TOU-EV-1. Discontinued TOU rate plans are no longer open to customer enrollment. If you’re enrolled in one of these rates, you can continue to stay on it for now. If you switch to a different rate plan, however, you cannot re-enroll in your previous plan.

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a statewide initiative to simplify rates and encourage conservation by having utilities transition most California customers to a new Time-Of-Use rate. Making these changes will help California achieve its climate and air quality goals. To comply with the CPUC directive, SCE began switching some customers to Time-Of-Use plans in 2018. Most SCE customers will eventually be transitioned to TOU rates as part of the statewide initiative if they do not select a different rate. Timing of the transition will differ for customers in SCE’s service territory. However, customers are free to change back to any existing eligible rate at any time.

To learn more about the California Public Utilities Commission rate reform initiative, go to the CPUC website at cpuc.ca.govand search for “Residential rate reform.”

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If you pay more on a TOU rate plan (TOU-D-4-9PM or TOU-D-5-8PM) than you would have paid on your previous tiered rate plan for the first 12-months, you will receive a one-time bill credit for the difference after the first 12-months. If you choose to return to your tiered rate plan before the end of the first-12 months, you will receive a bill credit if applicable for the time you were on the TOU rate plan. TOU-D-PRIME does not qualify for bill protection.

Bill protection may apply if you started service with SCE prior to 10/1/2020 and you have not previously been active on a TOU rate, and you are not a NEM 2.0 customer.

Bill protection calculations may differ if a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) is responsible for the generation of your electricity. In such cases, you may receive bill protection from SCE for distribution charges only. Please check with your CCA for more details about bill protection.

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If you can shift some of your electricity use to take advantage of the lower priced (off-peak) time periods, you have the ability to lower your overall electricity costs. Running your dishwasher during Off-Peak periods instead of during On-Peak periods is an example of shifting in usage to lower your electricity costs. Use our Appliance Energy Use Cost Estimator to see how much you can save by shifting energy use to off-peak hours.

With TOU rate plans, rate charges change between the longer winter period (August-May) and shorter summer period (June-September). As a result of these seasonal pricing differences, it is likely that on a TOU rate plan, your winter bills will be lower than you are used to, while your summer bills will be higher. Be sure to pay attention to the seasonal and monthly breakout of your projected costs in the Rate Plan Comparison Tool.

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Each customer has two baseline allocations, one for summer and one for winter usage. Baseline allocation is the same as the baseline allowance found on the standard residential rate plan. Your allowance can be found by reviewing the “details of your new charges” section of the bill statement. Under “additional information” you will see your summer baseline allowance, your winter baseline allowance, or both, depending on which month’s bill you review. For more information about baseline, view the “about baseline” section of the standard domestic rate plan page here.

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TOU rate plans are not subject to the High Usage Charge.

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TOU-D-4-9PM, TOU-D-5-8PM, and TOU-D-PRIME—as well as discontinued TOU rate plans TOU-D-A and TOU-D-T—are also subject to a minimum bill charge averaging out to about $10 a month. This means that if the delivery portion of your bill does not meet the minimum bill amount of 32¢ per day, a charge will be added to your bill for the difference to reach approximately $10. The delivery charges and the daily basic charge of 3¢ per day apply towards your minimum bill charge.

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Medical Baseline customers have an additional 16.5 kWh allocated to their baseline usage on a daily basis, in addition to their applicable seasonal baseline for the operation of life-support devices and other qualifying equipment.

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A Heat pump water heater (HPWH) can be three times more efficient than a conventional water heater. It works similar to a refrigerator, except in reverse. While a refrigerator removes a heat pump water heater takes the heat from the surrounding air, a HPWH takes the heat from surrounding air and transfers it to water in an enclosed tank.  Effective October 1, 2022, customers who own a Heat Pump Water Heater also are eligible for an additional baseline allocation if they are on TOU-D-4-9PM or TOU-D-5-8PM. Customers receiving a basic baseline allowance will receive an incremental allowance of 1.9 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per day in the Summer and 2.6 kWh per day in the Winter, and customers receiving an All-Electric baseline allowance will receive with an incremental allowance. This additional allocation provides a credit to help offset the charges you pay for the HPWH electricity usage. If you are already enrolled on an eligible TOU rate and have recently installed a HPWH, please call us at 1-866-743-1645 to get this allocation enabled.

There are a number of new incentives in California that make a heat pump water heater more affordable than ever. To find incentives available in your area, visit The Switch Is On website.

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Baseline Allocation

An amount of electricity (measured in kilowatt hours) that is provided to households at a lower rate than electricity used above this threshold.

Baseline allocations are determined by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) based on the number of days in the billing period, the season, the climate, and whether your primary source of heat is electric.

Baseline Allocation (Daily/Monthly)

Since billing periods can have different numbers of days, the baseline allocation is defined initially as a daily allocation. This is then calculated into an allocation for the entire billing period, which is sometimes called a “Monthly Baseline Allocation” for convenience.

Baseline Credit

A discount that reduces total electricity charges. A baseline credit is calculated per kilowatt hour (kWh) used and is capped by the monthly baseline allocation.

Daily Basic Charge

A flat, daily charge that is billed on a monthly basis, regardless of customer use or activity.

Kilowatt Hour (kWh)

A unit of measurement for electrical energy consumption over time that we use to compute billing. One kilowatt hour is equivalent to using 1,000 watts for 1 hour.

Minimum Daily Charge

A flat, daily charge that is applied if a customer’s total delivery charges fall below a minimum in a billing period (about $10 for a typical residential user). This charge supports the maintenance and operation of providing electricity.

Tier

An amount of energy allocated to a customer in a billing period at a specific price. If a customer uses more energy than what is allocated, they are charged at a higher rate on the next tier.

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