Reliable & Affordable Power for California
We’re committed to safely delivering reliable and affordable electricity to our customers, and we work hard every day to meet this responsibility. At the same time, we’re also dedicated to helping families, businesses, and industry conserve electricity and save on monthly bills. From state-of-the-art tools and technologies to monitor and manage usage, to programs and incentives that make it easier to save, we’re here to help Californians save.
Always Improving Power Reliability
Upgrades to Our Electricity Infrastructure
We plan to invest in 2013 and 2014 about $8.2 billion to expand and upgrade our electric system infrastructure to improve reliability and meet the needs of growing communities. Most of the effort is aimed at improving our local distribution network of 700+ substations, 100,000+ miles of circuits, and 1.5 million poles.
These upgrades include replacing infrastructure equipment at the end of its expected lifespan, including poles, transformers, and underground cables. Upgrades also include adding new infrastructure, such as installing new underground cable, adding new distribution circuits, expanding the capacity of select substations, and adding new substations to meet the needs of our customers.
Thanks to advanced technologies we are creating one of the nation’s most advanced electric systems, one that will be more resilient, efficient, and secure than ever.
Technologically enhanced, automated grid-monitoring systems help us identify and resolve potential problems early, before they lead to outages or damaged components. With smarter computer systems, we can more efficiently dispatch repair crews to restore service. We view smart technology as a key tool for heightening reliability, and it also enables us to more effectively and efficiently integrate power from renewable sources like solar and wind.
Everyone Wins By Saving Energy
Award-Winning Energy-Efficiency Programs
Our experience in energy efficiency spans more than 25 years, and we’ve earned awards and recognition on the national level for decades. In 2014 SCE was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency with an ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award for our exemplary work in partnering with customers to save energy through energy efficiency. This award represents ENERGY STAR’s highest honor, and marks the 13th time SCE has received this national recognition.
Today, our 100+ energy-efficiency programs offer rebates or incentives customized to their key target segments: residential, small and medium commercial, large-business commercial, or agricultural.
Working Together to Meet Peaks in Demand
With offerings designed to appeal to all segments — from households to large businesses — our portfolio of demand-response programs is among the nation’s largest. More than 20,000 businesses and 1.1 million households participate.
Our Save Power Days incentive, introduced this year, offers valuable bill credits in exchange for conserving energy at peak times on select, high-demand days. It’s available to any residential customer with an Edison SmartConnect® smart meter.
Meanwhile, the Summer Discount Plan has long offered monthly bill credits all summer long to participants. When you agree to participate, you pocket the savings even if summer passes without a single demand-response event.
Smarter Meters & Smarter Energy Choices
Energy savings made possible by smart meter technology is expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollutants by more than 365,000 metric tons per year — the equivalent of removing 79,000 cars from the road yearly.
Tools & Automated Alerts
Our Budget Assistant tool is designed to eliminate surprises in monthly bills. It lets you set a monthly target, track your progress, and get automated alerts if usage exceeds your pre-set preferences.
Right to Choose
We believe in the benefits smart meters deliver, but we also support the individual right to choose. Any of our customers may opt out, in line with the California Public Utilities Commission approved opt-out program.
Help for Californians in Need
Getting Ready for Electric Cars
Ready, Set, Go
In 2011, 82% of those electric vehicle (EV) customers who contacted the utility for rate changes, and EV meter services, were ready to charge their car in less than 5 days. And thanks to the training we are providing, electricians are better prepared to install charging equipment and connect to Southern California Edison's electrical system. Now, preparing to power up a new electric car is faster than ever.
Buying a plug-in electric car is a big decision, and Californians want information and guidance from their local utility. We launched a new EV website to offer our customers answers, from understanding charging choices and options, to selecting cost-effective rate plans for fueling up at home.