Submetering & Billing for Electric Vehicles
Good news for electric vehicle (EV) drivers in Southern California: We are rolling out a new pilot program to allow you to install a submeter to measure your car’s energy use for billing purposes. These submeters, which you can buy and install yourself or through a 3rd-party vendor, will measure your EV charging electricity usage separately from the energy you use in your home or business. This will enable us to bill you at a separate EV rate for your vehicle, and your current rate for all other usage.
Are You Eligible?
To participate, you’ll need to agree to install (or have a 3rd-party vendor install) an eligible submeter to measure only the energy used to charge EVs. This pilot program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to Residential and Commercial/Industrial customers within our service territory. The pilot is limited to a total of 500 submeters. Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers are eligible to participate, but are limited to 20% (100) of the total submeters.
This pilot program begins on September 1, 2014, and ends on February 28, 2016. Once enrolled in the pilot, you’ll be eligible to participate for no more than 12 consecutive billing cycles; however, you may choose to unenroll at any time. Once you unenroll or your participation expires, your EV charging usage will be billed along with all other usage at your current rate.
Enrollment is 4 Steps Away
- To participate in the Pilot you must select and engage a Submeter Meter Data Management Agent (Submeter MDMA) approved by the California Public Utilities Commission listed on this page.
- Complete the Customer Enrollment Agreement with the help of your Submeter MDMA;
- Your Submeter MDMA will submit the agreement to SCE;
- SCE will review and approve your enrollment if you meet all the Pilot requirements. Then, once enrolled in the Pilot, your Submeter MDMA will collect and transmit your submeter usage data to us for billing. You will continue to be responsible for paying your entire monthly bill, including EV charging usage and other charges.
SCE pilot documents are available at California Public Utilities Commission Info & Forms
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Frequently Asked Questions
The PEV Submetering Phase 1 Pilot (Phase 1 Pilot) is a pilot program to develop the ability for residential and commercial customers to separately measure the electricity used by Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs) through third party or customer-owned submeters. By measuring the PEV load separately from the primary meter load, usage can be billed at an applicable PEV rate, potentially saving money while the primary meter load stays on the current rate. The Phase 1 Pilot runs from September 1, 2014, and ends 18 months later on February 28, 2016. The first six months of the pilot is considered the enrollment period, unless the 500 submeter limit is reached earlier. Once enrollment of 500 submeters is reached, Phase 1 of this Pilot will be closed for enrollment. A customer may only participate in Pilot Phase 1 for 12 consecutive billing cycles.
You are responsible for the installation of your submeter in a timely manner.
- If there is a delay in installing the submeter after your established pilot start date, that time is still counted as part of your maximum 12 billing cycle participation period.
- If any submeter interval data is not received after the start date as a result of a delay in installing the submeter, those intervals will be considered as “zero” by SCE when calculating your primary and PEV submeter monthly bills.
Submetering usage will appear on your billing statement but may or may not be visible or accurate on MyAccount, Green Button, or Budget Assistant because the submeter billing usage and cost information is only calculated once per billing cycle.
Yes, if you authorized SCE to send your MDMA a summary of your monthly PEV bill.
No, if you have not authorized SCE to send your MDMA a summary of your monthly PEV bill.
Yes. Your energy usage totals for both the Primary meter and Submeter will appear on a single billing statement over a period of 12 billing cycles. To bill the usage attributed to charging your Electric Vehicle (EV) on the appropriate rate schedule, we created a new Service Account # which will be reflected on your new billing statement. At the conclusion of the pilot, we will close the PEV Service Account # and resume billing your total usage on your Primary metered account and rate.
If your Submeter MDMA remits payment, on your behalf, for the PEV portion of your monthly bill you are not eligible to participate in the Phase 1 Pilot. In order to participate in the pilot you must first unenroll from Level Pay Plan before SCE can process your enrollment in the pilot.
If your Submeter MDMA remits payment, on your behalf, for the PEV portion of your monthly bill you are not eligible to participate in the Phase 1 Pilot. In order to participate in the pilot you must first unenroll from Direct Pay before SCE can process your enrollment in the pilot.
To evaluate your PEV Submetering Customer Experience, you may be required to provide access to your home or facility in order for an independent third party evaluator to perform tests on your submeter. Such submeter testing is only required of 5% of participating customers. If your submeter is selected for testing, tests will be arranged at a convenient time, and your Submeter MDMA may be present.