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Summer Discount Plan

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Turn Up Your Credits or Comfort

Earn up to $180 in credits on your energy bill with Summer Discount Plan.  Flexible program options let you choose your level of comfort and savings.  There’s no cost to enroll or participate in the program and you can manage your preferences anytime.  


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


Air Conditioner

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)

Net Energy Metering

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.

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Terms & Conditions

Read our Terms & Conditions for the Summer Discount Plan.

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.

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.

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