When Electricity Means Life or Death
Get Help With Life-Support Equipment
If you or someone who lives with you full-time has a medical condition that requires electricity-powered life support equipment, you may be eligible to receive additional baseline allocation. Certification by a doctor is required.
Medical Baseline program offers an additional year-round baseline allocation of 16.5 kWh per day in addition to your applicable seasonal baseline and the baseline for your region. You can apply for additional kWh if you have a hardship case and need more.
Eligibility for Medical Baseline
To be eligible for Medical Baseline, you or someone who lives with you full-time must require use of a medical life-support device or piece of equipment. Life support devices utilize mechanical or artificial means to sustain, restore or replace a vital function.
You or a full-time resident can also be a paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic, multiple sclerosis or scleraderma patient, or have a life-threatening illness or compromised immune system.View Hide
Life-Support Devices Include:
- Aerosol Tent
- Pressure Pad
- Apnea Monitor
- Pressure Pump
- Compressor / Concentrator
- Respirator (all types)
- Electronic Nerve Stimulator
- Suction Machine
- Oxygen Generator
- Ultrasonic Nebulizer
- Electrostatic Nebulizer
- Inhalation Pulmonary Pressure
- Breather Machine (IPPB)
- Iron Lung
- Dialysis Machine
- Hemodialysis Machine
- Motorized Wheelchair/Scooter
- Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
- Air Mattress/Hospital Bed
- Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t)
- The Vest/Airway Clearance System
- Pulse Oximeter/Monitor
- Infusion Pump
Emergencies and Rotating Power Outages
If the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) declares a Stage 3 Emergency and requires power reduction, SCE will automatically contact Medical Baseline customers with a pre-recorded telephone message.
The message warns of the strong likelihood of a rotating power outage, and recommends that you take any necessary emergency precautions. Because SCE could only receive 10 minutes’ notice, Medical Baseline customers may not hear about the outage before it occurs.
If you or someone living with you has a health condition placing them at increased health risk when outdoor temperatures reach extreme levels, you are also eligible for advance notification during rotating power outages.
Sign up for Rotating Outage Advance Notice