When you use energy is just as
important as how much you use

As part of a plan by the California Public Utilities Commission to ensure greater power reliability and a better energy future, businesses are moving to a Time-Varying Pricing electric rate plan.

Large Agriculture and Large Commercial and Industrial Business customers are already on Time-Varying Pricing. Small and Medium Businesses began the transition to Time-Varying Pricing in November 2012. Small and Medium Agriculture Customers began the transition in March 2013.

Under Time-Varying Pricing, two rate plans are being introduced: Time-of-Use Rates and Peak Day Pricing.

Time-of-Use Rates

Instead of a single flat rate for energy use, time-of-use rates are higher when electric demand is higher. Higher demand periods are typically weekdays May through October, noon to 6 p.m. In return, time-of-use rates are lower at all other times.

This means that when you use energy is just as important as how much you use. If you conserve electricity in your business during peak hours, you can save money on your electric bills.

All business and agriculture customers will transition to a time-of-use rate plan as part of a statewide plan to help protect California’s energy resources.

Click here for more information about time-of-use rates.

Peak Day Pricing

Peak Day Pricing is an optional program that works in conjunction with existing time-of-use rate plans, applying higher energy prices on 9 to 15 Event Days per year in exchange for discounted energy rates at all other times from May 1 through October 31.*

Click here for more information about Peak Day Pricing.

* Effective summer rates are lower after Peak Day Pricing credits have been applied, but effective rates are higher during Peak Day Pricing Event Hours.

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