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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, at night, and on the weekends
  • Yearly energy expenses can be lower, but bills may be higher in the summer
  • 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
 

Is TOU Right for You?

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Watch the video to learn how TOU rate plans work.

If you can run your appliances at times when prices are lower, a TOU plan can save you money. Find out how much with our Appliance Energy Use Cost Estimator.

You can also use our comparison tool to discover which plan is right for you based on your current usage.

Rate Comparison Tool

Compare Our TOU Rate Plans

Select the tabs to compare our TOU rate plans.

Better for low and medium energy users (less than 700 kWh/month)
TOU-D-A features higher peak rates that are offset by a monthly Baseline Credit (see below).

Highest rates: Weekdays 2-8 p.m.
Daily Basic Charge: $0.03 per day
Minimum Daily Charge: $0.34
Baseline Credit: $0.08 per kWh up to your monthly baseline allocation
For example, if your monthly allocation is 200 kWh, you’d see a $16 credit on your bill.

June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June through September. Weekday Off-Peak pricing is 28¢ from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Super Off-Peak is 12¢ from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. On-Peak is 47¢ from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekend Off-Peak pricing is 28¢ from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Super Off-Peak is 12¢ from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Rates are per kWh.
Legend of super off-peak, off-peak, and on-peak. Above rates are per kWh.
 

Better for high energy users (more than 700 kWh/month)
TOU-D-B features lower peak rates, but a higher daily basic charge and no baseline credit.

Highest rates: Weekdays 2-8 p.m.
Daily Basic Charge: $0.55 per day
Minimum Daily Charge: None
Baseline Credit: None

June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June through September. Weekday Off-Peak pricing is 17¢ from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Super Off-Peak is 12¢ from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. On-Peak is 36¢ from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekend Off-Peak pricing is 17¢ from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Super Off-Peak is 12¢ from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Rates are per kWh.
Legend of super off-peak, off-peak, and on-peak. Above rates are per kWh.
 


TOU-D-T combines Time-Of-Use and Tiered Rate pricing.

Highest rates: Weekdays 12-6 p.m.
Daily Basic Charge: $0.03 per day
Minimum Daily Charge: $0.34
Baseline Credit: None

More Details

Unlike other TOU plans, TOU-D-T features two tiers of pricing determined by your baseline allocation.

Tier 1: up to 130% of baseline allocation
Tier 2: more than 130% of baseline allocation

If you use more than 130% of your baseline allocation, you will be charged the higher Tier 2 rate. Within each tier, pricing is based on time of day and season.

 

June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June-September. TOU-D-T weekday rate has two tiers. Tier 1 Off-Peak is 19¢ from 8am-12pm, and 6pm-8am. Tier 2 Off-Peak is 23¢ from 8am-12pm and 6pm-8am. Tier 1 On-Peak is 37¢ from 12pm-6 pm. Tier 2 On-Peak is 41¢.
Weekend rate for Tier 1 is 19¢. Tier 2 is 23¢. Rates are per kWh.
Legend of Tier 1, Off-Peak/On-Peak, Tier 2, Off-Peak/On-Peak for Summer and Winter. Above rates are per kWh.
 

A rate for electric vehicle charging stations with a dedicated meter
Do you have a home charging station? Please call us at 1-800-4EV-INFO and ask one of our SCE Home Fuel AdvisorsSM if this plan is right for you.

Highest rates: Every day 12-9 p.m.
Monthly Meter Charge: $2.76
Baseline Credit: None

Summer Rates: June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June to September and are 37¢ per kWh from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 13¢ from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Rates are per kWh.

Winter Rates: October to May (8 months)

Winter rates apply October through May and are 24¢ from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 13¢ from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m and from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. Rates are per kWh.
Legend of super off-peak and on-peak. Above rates are per kWh.

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: $0.34 per day
Baseline Credit: $0.08 per kWh up to your monthly baseline allocation
For example, if your monthly allocation is 200 kWh, you’d see a $16 credit on your bill.
Eligible for bill protection.

June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June through September. TOU-D-4 weekday rate has Off-Peak and On-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 22¢ from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. On-Peak is 41¢ from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
TOU-D-4 weekend rate has Off-Peak and Mid-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 22¢ from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Mid-Peak is 27¢ from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 

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: $0.34 per day
Baseline Credit: $0.08 per kWh up to your monthly baseline allocation
For example, if your monthly allocation is 200 kWh, you’d see a $16 credit on your bill.
Eligible for bill protection.

June to September (4 months)

Summer rates apply June through September. TOU-D-5 weekday rate has Off-Peak and On-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 23¢ from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. On-Peak is 49¢ from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
TOU-D-5 weekend rate has Off-Peak and Mid-Peak pricing. Off-Peak is 23¢ from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Mid-Peak is 29¢ from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m
 
 

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.

Residential Time-Of-Use FAQ

What if I enroll on a Time-Of-Use rate plan, and then change my mind and want to switch back?

There is no minimum commitment period, and you can choose to sign up or un-enroll from the TOU-D-A, TOU-D-B, TOU-D-T, TOU-D-4-9PM or TOU-D-5-8PM rate plans at any time. The Electric Vehicle Plan (TOU-EV-1) does require a separate meter and there is a 12 month commitment time period. 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.

Why are some customers being transitioned to a TOU rate?

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. All SCE customers will eventually be offered to transition to TOU rates as part of the statewide initiative. Timing of the transition will differ for customers in SCE service territory. However, customers are free to change back at any time.

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

What is Bill Protection?

Bill Protection allows customers new to either the TOU-D-4-9PM or TOU-D-5-8PM rate plan to try the new plan without concern about being charged more than if they were on their prior tiered rate plan. SCE will provide those customers with a full year of Bill Protection – meaning we will calculate your bills under the new TOU rate plan and under the previous tiered rate plan. If you would have paid less under your previous tiered rate plan, SCE will credit back the difference at the end of 12 months. Customers that choose to return to their previous rate plan before the full 12 months will receive a credit for any Bill Protection they have accrued. Customers on the TOU-D-A, TOU-D-B, and TOU-D-T rate plans are not eligible for Bill Protection.

Will I save on my electric bill with TOU?

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.

How do I find my baseline allocation?

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.

Does the High Usage Charge apply to Time-Of-Use rate plans?

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

If I am on a Time-Of-Use Rate plan, do I still have the minimum bill charge?

TOU rate plans A, T, 4-9PM and 5-8PM 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.

How does Medical Baseline impact my baseline allocation?

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.


Rates Glossary

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.

Text Alert

Interested in getting text alerts to inform you of on-peak and or off-peak periods on your new rate plan? Sign up and get notified of peak periods through your text messages.

 

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