California Climate Credits Help Offset Summer Bills
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) wants its residential customers to be on the lookout for upcoming breaks on their electric bills. SDG&E’s residential customers will receive $64.17 in bill credits on both their August and September electric bills (or a total of $128.34). Earlier this year, SDG&E’s residential natural gas customers also received $43.06 in credits. This is all thanks to the California Climate Credit program. Administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the program is part of the state’s efforts to fight climate change.
There is no action required to receive the credit. All electricity customers, including community choice aggregation customers, will automatically receive the credits in their August and September billing cycles. SDG&E will also alert customers to the Climate Credit via email.
Altogether, this year’s climate credits total up to $171.40, about double last year’s amount. In addition to residential customers, eligible small businesses will also receive the same amount of climate credits on their electric bills. The credits are applied to bills during what are typically the hottest months in the year, when energy bills tend to be higher due to the use of air conditioning.
The California Climate Credit is a state program that requires power plants, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credits on customers’ bills represent their share of the payments from the state’s program and provide customers with an increased opportunity to invest in energy-saving products.
Customers who are struggling to pay their bill are encouraged to visit sdge.com/assistance to explore all of the resources available to them – bill discounts, debt relief payment arrangements and free energy efficiency upgrades that can help lower their bill.