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Smart, Flexible Residential Rate Plans

More Control in Your Hands

Seeing exactly how and when your household uses electricity is the first step to a smart energy lifestyle. Over the past few years, smart meters have been installed to give you detailed, up-to-date information about your household's usage, down to the day and hour. And our online budget tools are designed to help give you more control, manage your bill, and give you customized tips for reducing electricity usage.

The Residential Rate Plan

Our Residential Plan (Rate Schedule D) offers a smart, flexible rate structure to serve the diversity of California residences. For most residential customers, the standard Residential Rate is most beneficial.

This rate plan features a tiered structure with 4 rate tiers. Each month, your household’s energy consumption starts in Tier 1, where the price per kilowatt hour is lowest. The best way to keep energy costs lower is to limit your energy consumption to the lower tiers.

Four-Tier Price Structure Sample*
Tier Tier1 Tier2 Tier3 Tier4
Cents per kWh 13¢ 16¢ 27¢ 31¢

With our pricing tiers and other savings options, the less energy you use, the more money you save!

Residential Rates: The Basics

Standard Residential Rate
The Residential Plan (Rate Schedule D) is the basic rate for residential customers and features a 4-tiered structure. Tier 1, or your baseline allocation*, is the established amount of energy (kWh) you need for lighting, cooking, heating and refrigeration.

This baseline is established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and is based on where you live, the season (winter or summer), and whether your home is “all electric” or uses both electricity and gas. See Rate Schedule D for more information or visit our FAQ's.

* Baseline electricity allowances are an established level of kilowatt hours (kWh) provided to residential customers. Pursuant to State law, baseline allowances represent the electricity necessary to supply a significant portion (50-60%) of the reasonable needs of the average residential customer.

Additional Charges
Every residential bill includes some non-energy costs for providing basic services like bill preparation, meter reading and customer accounting. This charge ensures that every SCE customer contributes equitably to pay for these services.

Each residence is also charged for other CPUC-approved services like power generation, transmission or distribution. This charge is based on the number of kWh used, and may change monthly, based on power generation and water resources factors. See Rate Schedule D for more information or visit our FAQ's.

Baseline Allocation Chart and Baseline Region Map
Daily Baseline Allocation
Residential Rates
(kilowatt hours)
Baseline Region
Basic
All-Electric
Summer Winter Summer Winter
5 13.5 15.3 19.7 32.1
6 9.4 9.8 9.1 14.2
8 10.1 9.2 9.9 13.8
9 13.3 10.8 12.3 15.4
10 15.5 11.0 15.9 18.5
13 18.4 11.1 25.2 26.6
14 15.5 10.6 18.4 22.9
15 39.8 8.2 27.6 17.7
16 11.8 11.1 13.8 25.7
Medical Baseline
16.5
Options for Reducing Your Electric Bill

Summer Discount Plan
You may qualify to receive a credit on your bill during summer months by allowing us to temporarily shut off your central air conditioner compressor. This is done through a remote-controlled device we will install on or near your central air conditioning unit. Take advantage by signing up!

Special Rates for Income-Qualified Customers
If you need assistance paying your electric bill, California D-CARE or FERA provides reduced rates for income-qualified customers. D-CARE rates are on average 20% lower than standard rates.

Medical Baseline Allocation
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. Learn more about the benefits at our Medical Baseline page.

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Time-of-Use: Use Power in “Off-Peak” Hours and Save

If you use most of your electricity from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and all hours on weekends, you could benefit from Time-of-Use rates, which are lower than standard rates during certain periods. You’ll also save if you take measures to reduce on-peak usage through renewable energy technologies or other means.

Off-Peak Savings Plan Fact Sheet
TOU-D-1 Tariff (PDF)

Rate Schedule TOU-D-1 is closed to new customer enrollment as of October 1, 2009; however, existing customers can benefit if they avoid using most of their electricity weekdays between noon and 6 p.m., except holidays, and use between 400 and 600 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month.

TOU-D-2 Tariff (PDF)

Rate Schedule TOU-D-2 is closed to new customer enrollment as of October 1, 2009; however, existing customers can benefit if they avoid using most of their electricity weekdays between noon and 6 p.m., except holidays, and who use more than 600 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month.
For more information about our pricing schedules, please visit Tariff Book

*Tier cost are for demonstration only, not to be used for calculations

Help Available to Households

We're doing everything we ce 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.

Discounted rates for income-qualified households >
Payment arrangements >
Energy Assistance Fund >