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Time-Of-Use Rates for Agriculture and Pumping

How Time-Of-Use Rates Work

Time-Of-Use (TOU) is part of a statewide initiative designed to keep the electric grid reliable so everyone will have power when they need it. Unlike non-TOU rates, TOU rates vary depending on the season and the time of day the energy is used.

Additionally, some TOU rates are calculated based on both your energy demand and consumption. While Demand Charges generally reflect our fixed costs, Energy Charges (consumption) reflect the variable costs you incur during the times your business actually uses available power.

 

 

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Time of Use Transition Schedule, January 2015 Business, Feb 2015 Agriculture and Pumping

It's All About Timing

While the majority of business customers have already transitioned to TOU rates, the remainder will transition in early 2015. This means that now more than ever, when you use electricity is just as important as how much you use. The following resources can help.

 

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Call 1-866-743-1645 or email TOUsolutions@sce.com.

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Agricultural Pumping Time-Of-Use Rate Periods

There are now different TOU rates depending on the season and the time of day the energy is used. They more accurately reflect the costs of energy at the time it is used. With TOU rates, when you use electricity is as important as how much you use. For most agricultural and pumping rate options, there are three different TOU periods: on-peak (highest energy cost), mid-peak (medium energy cost), and off-peak (lowest energy cost).

The greatest demand on the grid is during on-peak periods. If you can shift energy use to off-peak or mid-peak times, you help reduce strain on the grid.

 

Summer Time-Of-Use Hours

Begins June 1 and continues through October 1.

Time of Use hours for Summer are as follows: off-peak is 11 p.m. - 8 a.m.; mid-peak is 8 a.m. - noon and 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.; on-peak is noon - 6 p.m.; weekends and holidays are off-peak all day.

Winter Time-Of-Use Hours

Begins October 1 and continues through June 1.

Time of Use hours for Winter are as follows: off-peak is 11 p.m. - 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.; mid-peak is 8 a.m. – 9  p.m.; weekends and holidays are off-peak all day.
Off-peak hours have the lowest energy charge, mid-peak hours have a medium energy charge, and on-Peak hours have the highest energy charge.

Note: The lower off-peak rate applies on holidays. When any holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday will be recognized as a holiday. Holidays are New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.

Time-Of-Use Agriculture and Pumping Super Off-Peak (TOU-PA-SOP)

In addition to our traditional TOU rates for agricultural and pumping customers, we offer specially designed rate options for customers with significant operating hours and flexibility: the Time-Of-Use Agriculture and Pumping Super Off-Peak rate (TOU-PA-SOP).

Unlike the traditional TOU rate, there is a shorter on-peak period and a shorter summer season. The winter season has two periods: off-peak from 6 a.m. to midnight and super off-peak from midnight to 6 a.m. The TOU-PA-SOP rates are designed to benefit agricultural and pumping customers who have high operating hours and can avoid the on-peak period entirely by shifting the entire operation to run only during the lower-cost super off-peak and off-peak time periods.

Summer Time-Of-Use Hours for TOU-PA-SOP

  • Option 1: Begins July 1 and Continues until October 1
  • Option 2: Begins June 1 and continues until September 1
Time of Use hours on TOU-PA-SOP during summer are as follows: Super Off-Peak is midnight – 6 a.m.; off-peak is 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - midnight; on-peak is 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays except holidays.

Winter Time-Of-Use Hours for TOU-PA-SOP

  • Option 1: Begins October 1 and Continues until July 1
  • Option 2: Begins September 1 and continues until June 1
Time of Use hours on TOU-PA-SOP during winter are as follows: Super Off-Peak is midnight – 6 a.m.; off-peak is 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - midnight; on-peak is 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays except holidays.
Super Off-peak hours have the lowest energy charge, Off-Peak hours have a low energy charge, and on-Peak hours have the highest energy charge.

Note: The lower off-peak rate applies on holidays. When any holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday will be recognized as a holiday. Holidays are New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.

 

Energy-Saving Tips for Agriculture and Pumping

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8 million agricultural acres in California consume 80% of the total water pumped in the state.1

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1E Source: Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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