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Where Your Money Goes
- 60¢ Generation Cost of energy sources, including solar, wind and natural gas, and generation SCE owns, including hydro and natural gas plants.
- 29¢ Distribution Grid maintenance and new equipment, including poles and wires, and substations.
- 7¢ Transmission Investment in operations & maintenance for high-voltage transmission lines.
- 2¢ Paying off long term contracts from the energy crisis.
- 2¢ Programs including those for energy efficiency and to protect low income customers.
This breakdown shows SCE’s costs to serve customers and implement state policies. It is based on calculations for July 2015.
Rates Are Changing
You have a right to know exactly what’s going on with your electric bill. That’s why we're letting you know about anticipated rate changes up front, so you can prepare and take control of your energy usage.
About Baseline & Tiers
Every customer’s household is given a “baseline allocation,” or set amount of kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity to use each month – charged at a lower price than energy used above that amount.
This baseline establishes your rate tier. The more energy you use over your baseline allocation, the higher your tier, and the higher rates you’ll pay.
Understanding Tier 1 (Baseline)
The "baseline allocation" is an established amount of energy (kWh) allocated for basic services such as lighting, cooking, heating, and refrigeration usage. Residential customers' baseline allocation is established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to ensure that all customers can purchase a basic supply of energy at the lowest rate in effect. Your specific allocation depends upon your baseline region, the season (winter or summer), and whether your home's source of energy is electricity only or a combination of electricity and gas.
Understanding the Basic Charge
Our Basic Charge for residential customers covers some non-energy costs associated with providing basic services such as bill preparation, meters, meter reading, and customer accounting. This charge ensures that each residential customer, regardless of monthly usage, contributes equitably to cover costs associated with providing basic electric services.
Understanding the Late Payment Charge
A Late Payment Charge is assessed on the total amount of any unpaid, past due bill(s). Bills become past due 19 calendar days from the date the bill is prepared.
Help Available to Households
We're doing everything we can to get the word out about programs to help households that are having trouble paying electric bills. Discounted rates are available to income-qualified households, and free energy-efficiency upgrades may be available, too. And, you may 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.
What You're Getting: A Smarter Grid & More Clean Energy
We're building a smarter grid that will make power more dependable, safer and cleaner. You may already have seen our crews in your community, installing poles that are more resistant to outages. And, we're integrating more clean energy, with 33% of our power coming from renewables by 2020.
Your Bill. Simplified.
This example of a bill shows you where to find all of the important information on your own bill.
Your customer and service account numbers are located together. Include your customer account number on your check or money order.
A summary of the total amount owed on your electric bill.
This month’s and last month’s meter read, usage information and your meter number.
This graph identifies usage patterns and tracks your conservation efforts. View your daily average electricity usage by month for the past 12 months and compare to a prior month with in the past two years.
How much you owe and when payment is due.