Guest article by Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison wants you to know that electricity rates will increase effective Jan. 1, 2023. The rate change will begin appearing on your bill later in January or early February, depending on your billing cycle.
SCE recognizes that many of our customers are facing challenges in the current economic environment. We’re sending this message to provide you with information that can help you manage your electric bill and prepare for the rate increase.
Why Rates Are Changing
There are two main reasons for this rate increase:
- Some of the power we deliver to you comes from natural gas-fired power plants and the price we pay for natural gas has increased. SCE passes these increased costs of purchased power directly to our customers with no markup. Rising natural gas prices are affecting utilities and their customers across California and the nation.
- Ongoing costs of restoring and protecting the electric grid from the effects of extreme weather.
For residential customers, the expected average increase will be about $11.80 per month; for residential customers enrolled in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program, the increase will be about $8.35 per month. Amounts are based on 500 kilowatt-hours per month usage. Your actual usage might be more or less than this amount each month. For SCE’s small business customers, the increase will be about $31 per month based on 850 kilowatt-hours per month usage.
We encourage you to make use of one or more of the programs below to help manage your monthly bill:
- Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plans encourage customers to shift energy usage away from On-Peak hours (4-9 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. depending on your rate plan) to Off-Peak hours when lower rates apply.
- The Budget Assistant tool tracks your energy usage in near-real time and sends alerts when usage approaches your preselected spending goal.
- SCE’s Home Efficiency Guide for homes and Energy Savings Tips for businesses offer ways to reduce energy usage and save money.
- The Medical Baseline Allowance program, for eligible customers using electrically-powered medical/life support equipment, charges the lowest baseline rate for an additional 16.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day.
- Income-Qualified Programs, specifically CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA), provide monthly bill discounts of 30% and 18%, respectively.
- SCE’s nonprofit Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) provides one-time monetary assistance for energy bills (as much as $200; $300 for all-electric homes) to qualifying residential customers. Applications are available at nonprofit organizations throughout SCE’s service area.
- Twelve-month payment arrangements or payment extensions of up to 30 days are available for eligible customers upon request.