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Summer Discount Plan
Summer Discount Plan
Summer heat can put a strain on electrical grids, so allow us to remotely turn off or cycle off your air conditioner (A/C) for a limited time.
How It Works
When you participate in the Summer Discount Plan, you save by voluntarily allowing us to shut down your A/C for up to 6 hours a day during “energy events” we may call during periods of high electricity demand, or emergencies. We supply and install a device on your home or central-A/C unit to remotely shut it off during energy events.
You can choose your level of participation from 4 options: Save more with our “standard” option, or choose the flexibility of our “override” option, which lets you opt out of up to 5 energy event days a year. Then decide between Maximum Savings (100% cycling) or Maximum Comfort (50% cycling.)
|Options||Maximum Savings Cycling: A/C may be shut off for up to 6 hours a day||Maximum Comfort Cycling: A/C may be shut off for 15 minutes each half hour for up to 6 hours a day|
|Standard||Save up to $180*||Save up to $90*|
|Override||Save up to $90*||Save up to $45*|
Earning Bill Credits
Credits on your electricity bill will be based on your current rate, the size of your A/C, which program you choose, and how much electricity you use. Credit calculations are based on the accurate actual amperage for each air conditioner unit. The actual formula used is: Single Phase (Amps x Volts) / 1,400 + .09 = Tons.
Your Summer Discount Plan bill credits will be automatically applied to your monthly statements between June 1 and Oct. 1, starting your bill cycle after we have installed, verified, and activated the cycling device(s) on your A/C.
For further details, refer to these tariff schedules:
Schedule D (pdf)
Schedule D-SDP (pdf)
Terms & Conditions
Read our Terms & Conditions for the Summer Discount Plan.
Are You Eligible?
To be eligible to participate in the Summer Discount Plan, your central A/C system must be in good working order throughout your participation on the program. A 1-year minimum participation is required, with exceptions made under medical circumstances. If you have any rooftop air conditioners, you will not be eligible for the “override” options.
If you are a tenant, you are responsible for determining whether your property owner or manager’s approval is required for the installation and operation of the cycling device. If so, you are responsible for obtaining this approval prior to submitting your application to us.
The Summer Discount Plan is not recommended for anyone with heat-related health issues. If you receive a medical baseline allocation for air conditioning under Schedule MB-E, you would also not be eligible to participate.
Summer Discount Plan Energy Events
Summer is a time to take a load off. That’s why our Summer Discount Plan remotely shuts off your A/C during energy events. We may call an energy event in response to emergencies, overworked electrical grids, high wholesale energy prices, or as part of testing.
An energy event can happen at any time during the year, but will never last more than 6 hours a day (with the possible exception of a system emergency).
You can access information on energy events in progress at any time.
Residential SDP Minimum Usage Eligibility Requirement
On January 1, 2017 Southern California Edison (SCE) implemented a minimum electric usage requirement for SDP program eligibility. Residential accounts participating on SDP must register the use of a minimum of 1.5 kWh, one hour before or after, in at least one SDP event per calendar year to remain eligible to participate in the SDP program.
SCE will conduct an annual review of customer’s electric usage by no later than January 31 of each calendar year. At the annual review time, SCE will determine in its reasonable discretion if a customer has met the Minimum Usage Eligibility Requirement. Customers removed from the program for failing to meet the Minimum Usage Eligibility Requirement, will not be allowed to re-enroll for 12-months following their removal.
My Account users can monitor their home’s performance towards meeting SCE’s Summer Discount Plan (SDP) Minimum Usage Eligibility Requirement. Download our step-by-step guide to learn how.
If you’re not a My Account user, click here to register.
For additional details about Summer Discount Plan, including the Minimum Usage Eligibility Requirement, see our FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the Summer Discount Plan? Maybe you’re wondering if all your electricity shuts off in addition to your A/C (no), or if your A/C can be turned off more than once a day (yes), or if there’s a cost to join the Summer Discount Plan (no, it’s free!). For answers to these and other questions, please see our FAQs.
*The estimated savings amounts represent the savings a resident could enjoy with a typical 4.5-ton central air-conditioning unit. Savings could increase with larger units and decrease with smaller ones. Credits are based on enrollment in program from June 1 to October 1. Enrollment after June 1 will result in prorated savings beginning from the ﬁrst meter read date after your application is processed and your device is installed, veriﬁed and activated. SCE may need to test the device. The credit amounts and program options are subject to change by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). A customer must have an Edison SmartConnect® meter capable of registering hourly interval usage data for enrollment in the SDP program. Customers removed from the program for failing to meet the minimum electric usage requirement will not be allowed to re-enroll for the following 12-month period. Customers receiving a medical baseline allocation for air-conditioning under Schedule MB-E are not eligible to participate in the Summer Discount Plan program. If you are participating in the Save Power Day Incentive Plus (smart thermostat) program, you are not eligible to enroll in Summer Discount Plan. Net Energy Metering (NEM) credits received under Schedule NEM may oﬀset in whole or in part the program credits associated with the Summer Discount Plan. This information is meant as an aid to understanding SCE’s Summer Discount Plan program. It does not replace SCE’s CPUC-approved tariﬀs. Any inconsistencies between this material and SCE’s tariﬀs are unintended, and the tariﬀs prevail. Please refer to SCE’s tariﬀ books for a complete list of terms and conditions of service. Credit calculations are based on the accurate actual amperage for each A/C unit. The formula used is: Single Phase (Amps x Volts)/1,400 + .09 = Tons. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. (C) 2018 Southern California Edison. All rights reserved.
PLEASE NOTE: No authorized SCE representative will ever ask you to pay for advice on how to save money or energy through our programs.