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CPUC Approves A New Billing Structure

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The California Public Utilities Commission approved a fixed utility charge on Thursday with a 4-0 vote. This means those with low-income and electric car owners will save money, while others will pay more.

The CPUC says its proposal would lower the usage rate by 5-7 cents per kilowatt hour & the proposed flat rate would be $24.15 per month.

Here is the Press Release from the CPUC selling this as a cost savings to rate payers:

CPUC Approves A New Billing Structure That Will Cut Residential Electricity Prices And Accelerate Electrification

May 09, 2024 –  SAN FRANCISCO – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved a proposal to reduce the price of residential electricity through a new billing structure mandated by the state Legislature in Assembly Bill 205. This billing adjustment introduces a flat rate bill component and reduces the electricity usage rate. It lowers overall electricity bills on average for lower-income households and those living in regions most impacted by extreme weather events, while accelerating California’s clean energy transition by making electrification more affordable for all.

Read More: Fact Sheet on “Flat Rate” Decision

“This new billing structure puts us further on the path toward a decarbonized future, while enhancing affordability for low-income customers and those most impacted from climate change-driven heat events,” said CPUC President Alice Reynolds. “This billing adjustment makes it cheaper across the board for customers to charge an electric vehicle or run an electric heat pump, which will spur greater uptake of these technologies that are essential to transitioning us away from fossil fuels.”

Under the new billing structure:

  • The usage rate for electricity will be reduced by 5 to 7 cents per kilowatt-hour for all residential customers.
  • This change makes it more affordable for everyone to electrify homes and vehicles, regardless of income or location, because the price of charging an electric vehicle or running a heat pump is cheaper.
  • A portion of the fixed infrastructure costs—such as maintaining power lines and equipment— will be moved from the usage rate to a separate line item called the “Flat Rate” on customer bills.
  • The flat rate will be $24.15 per month, with low-income customers and customers living in deed-restricted affordable housing eligible for discounted flat rates of $6 or $12.

Customers enrolled in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) low-income assistance program will benefit from a discounted flat rate of $6 per month. Customers enrolled in the Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA), as well as those residing in deed-restricted affordable housing with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income, will qualify for a discounted flat rate of $12 per month.

The new billing structure does not introduce any additional fees or generate extra profits for utilities. Instead, it redistributes existing costs among customers. This approach aligns with billing practices employed across the nation and by most other utilities in California.

In the coming months, the CPUC will collaborate with investor-owned utilities on a customer communications plan to educate customers about the new billing structure. The new billing structure will be implemented starting in late 2025 and early 2026.

The proposal voted on is available here.

More information is available on the Docket Card and CPUC webpage for the proceeding.


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Absolutely ***NO*** May 10, 2024 - 12:39 am

Taxifornia strikes again! Don’t be fooled by the claim of “cheaper” — no way Jose!! Amazing that this passed given the opposition by almost all non-profit solar groups such as Solar Alliance; by several state congressmen; and, financial non-profits such s Howard Jarvis.

This senior-unfriendly state is now also making others suffer. Apparently no one is reading the ti leaves -or- are in denial that hords of people are leaving Taxifornia!!

MEV May 10, 2024 - 8:19 am

What a rip off. FU Gavin and Friends. Reform California says it is another Newsom ripoff.

MODERATE May 10, 2024 - 8:42 am

“Figures lie and liars figure.” This is just another shell game.

Bill Van Damme May 13, 2024 - 8:11 pm

Total BS!! Tell me why we pay .56 cents a KWH in California while rest of nation .15 -.20 a Kwh??? This govt in calif has git to go!! It’s all a scam this green new deal BS!!


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