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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 can be found here and on our online newsroom.

Some highlights of the recent decision that will impact electricity rates:

October 2015 Changes

  • Increase the monthly minimum delivery charge to $5 for customers enrolled on the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program, Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program, and Medical Baseline program. This minimum delivery charge only applies if the distribution charges total less than $5.
  • Increase the monthly minimum delivery charge for all other residential accounts to $10. This minimum delivery charge only applies if the distribution charges total less than $10.
  • Implement a fixed monthly discount of 12% for customers participating in the FERA program.
  • Reduce the variances in pricing between tiers within the standard residential rate plan.

2016 & Beyond

  • Reduce the number of tiers from four to two (reducing to three tiers in 2016, and to two tiers in 2017).
  • Continue to reduce the variances in pricing between tiers within the standard residential rate plan.
  • Starting in 2017, a Super User Electric (SUE) surcharge for customers who use more than twice the average amount of electricity (more than 400% of the baseline allowance) will be applied.
  • Preparing to transition customers in 2019 to a default time-of-use rate plan in which the price of electricity will depend on the time of day. During this transition, customers will have the ability to opt out onto another rate plan.

Help Available to Households

We understand that paying your bill is a challenge. We offer many options. Discounted rates are available to income-qualified households. Energy-efficiency upgrades are available too. Find out if you qualify for one-time assistance through our Energy Assistance Fund.

If you just need more time to pay your bill, we can make a special payment arrangement with you.

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 charges when they aren’t in use

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

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.


If you have additional questions, give us a call at 1-800-798-7723 and we'll be happy to answer them. Have feedback about this page? Send us an email—we're always looking for ways to improve.


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