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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:

Rate Timeline

Rate Page Update, 2016 to 2018
  • 2016
    • The Standard Residential Rate reducing the number of tiers and pricing between tiers
    • Residential customers are offered to participate in a study for new Time-Of-Use (TOU) rates
  • 2017
    • Starting January 1, 2017 a High Usage Charge will be added to the Standard Residential Rate Plan and be applied to all usage above 400% of baseline or customers with excessive usage. As part of this change, a tier allocation change will occur increasing the kilowatt hours (kWh) allocated to Tier 2, allowing for additional usage at a lower price.
  • 2018
    • In 2018, residential customers will transition to a TOU rate plan, which can give more control over what you pay.

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 January 1, 2017 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.

Residential Rate Comparison

To get started enter your service account number and service ZIP code:

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It's easy to find a new rate. By using our Residential Rate Comparison tool, you can view and compare costs based on your historical energy usage with three of our Time-of-Use (TOU) rate options. We have made it simple for you to find the right plan for your home, lifestyle, and energy usage. To get started, have your service account number (which starts with a 3), and your service account ZIP code on hand.

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.



Savings Tips

  • 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 electric devices and charges when they aren’t in use
  • Consider installing a solar panels to produce some or all of your home's electricity.

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

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.


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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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