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Rate Changes: What You Need to Know

Rate Changes: What You Need to Know

You have the right to know how your energy bill may be affected. That’s why we’re letting you know about rate changes up front, so you can prepare and take control of your energy use.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted on July 3rd, 2015 to adopt a new residential rate structure. The new structure is more closely aligned with the actual costs of providing electric service and provides many customers living in high-temperature areas long-overdue relief from high electric rates. Under the current tier based pricing structure adopted in 2001 as a result of the energy crisis, 25% of residential customers, often those with larger families or who live in areas with high summer temperatures, have paid the vast majority of all rate increases.

More information about the CPUC rate reform decision and on our online newsroom.

Some highlights of the decision that will impact electricity rates:

June 2016 Changes

  • The number of rate tiers reduces from four to three.
  • Customers participating in the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program will receive a fixed monthly discount of 12%.
  • The differences in pricing between tiers within the Standard Residential Rate Plan (Schedule D) is reduced.
  • Use our Bill Estimator to see how your rate changes.

2017 & Beyond

  • The number or rate tiers reduces from three to two; however, a High Usage Charge will apply to customers who use more than twice the average amount of electricity (more than 400% of the baseline allowance).
  • The residential rate pricing variance between tiers continues to be reduced.
  • In 2019, many residential customers will transition to a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plan.

See How Your Rate Changes

Bill Estimator

See how your monthly bill will be impacted by the rate change using our estimator below.
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Estimated average bill amounts before and after the June 1, 2016 rate change.
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Disclaimer: The rate change results provide only an estimate of potential bill impacts for the average bill amount by ZIP code, and it assumes no change in usage amounts. Individual bills will vary. This tool is intended solely for illustrative purposes. Actual costs and savings will vary based on actual consumption, rates, and other factors.

Savings Tips

  • Cook with your grill or microwave to keep your home cooler
  • Give your air conditioner a rest when you can and cool your home with open windows and fans
  • Replace your incandescent light bulbs with more efficient LEDs
  • Close your blinds to keep out the afternoon heat
  • Plug home electronics into power strips and turn off power strips when equipment is not in use
  • Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren’t in use

For more energy-saving tips, visit our Home Energy Guide and Home Energy Advisor.

Help Available to Households

We understand paying your bill can be a challenge. We offer many options such as, discounted rates to income-qualified households and energy-efficiency upgrades. Also, find out if you qualify for a one-time assistance through our Energy Assistance Fund.

If you just need more time to pay your bill, you may be eligible for a payment arrangement or other financial assistance.




Rate Plan Options

Learn more about rate plan options that may help you save, depending on your energy use.


Tools & Resources

We offer a variety of energy saving programs and helpful tools to help you better manage your monthly bill.

  • Budget Assistant
    Set a target for your monthly bill amount and we'll let you know if you're going to exceed it so you can stay on track.
  • My Account
    24/7 access to energy-saving tools, as well as your daily usage and costs, and a forecast of your next bill.


Energy and You Learn about your usage and ways to save

Energy & You

Confused by your bill or want to know how to reduce it? Our helpful interactive video can answer some of your questions. Plus, it includes tips and suggestions on how to take advantage of our energy saving programs.

How Rates Are Set

Rates are set through a transparent process of proceedings with the CPUC, 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.

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