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We are keeping rates as reasonable as possible, in part by lowering our own costs first.
We would not ask you to do anything we're not willing to do ourselves, so we're lowering our own operational and maintenance expenses and usage.
We're building a smarter grid that will make power more dependable, safer, and cleaner.
We work together with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to set rates in a process that's open to the public.
- 42¢ Generation Cost of energy sources, including solar, wind and natural gas, and generation SCE owns, including hydro and natural gas plants.
- 36¢ Distribution Grid maintenance and new equipment, including poles and wires, and substations.
- 8¢ Transmission Investment in operations & maintenance for high-voltage transmission lines.
- 3¢ Paying off long term contracts from the energy crisis.
- 11¢ Programs including those for energy efficiency and to protect low income customers.
This breakdown shows SCE’s costs to serve customers and implement state policies. It is based on calculations for October 2017.
Rates are set through a transparent process of proceedings with the California Public Utilities Commission, the body that regulates SCE and other investor-owned electric utilities in the state. It includes public input and participation, and all investor-owned utilities use this same process.
To keep rates affordable and fair, we constantly balance the need to modernize our infrastructure to support reliability with the need to meet state policy requirements regarding such issues as renewable energy. We do that by working with local, state, and federal officials on an ongoing basis, and by keeping you informed throughout.
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