SDG&E: Refund on September Bill
Last updated 9/3/2020 at 9:40am
San Diego Gas & Electric customers should expect to see a similar credit to their September bill as they did in August.
The September utility bill will include an electric credit identified as the “California Climate Credit.” Your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your utility bills, according to an email released on Aug. 25.
In the past years, the credit was applied in April and October, and the gas credit was applied in April. For 2020, and 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission authorized SDG&E to temporarily shift the electric credit to be August and September.
Changing the distribution months will not change the total value of the climate credits you receive in a year. The shift will provide bill relief for customers – during the typically hottest months of the year – and reduce bill volatility.
The gas credit will continue to be applied in April. In 2022, the climate credit will be distributed back to its original timing of April and October unless the Commission directs otherwise.
The California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to fight climate change. This credit is from a state program that requires power plants, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases, to buy carbon pollution permits.
The credit on your bill is your share of the payments from the State’s program. The Climate Credit is one of many programs resulting from landmark legislation called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
The California Climate Credit is one way Californians are working towards a zero-carbon state. Find other ideas for energy and money-saving upgrades for your home while reducing your carbon footprint at energyupgradeca.org/the-movement.
For more information, visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/climatecredit
*Billing periods vary by utility and may not always coincide with a calendar month. If you don’t see a Climate Credit in the bill that arrives this month, it will appear in the bill you receive next month. If you are an electric customer, the electric credit will appear as a line item on the electric portion of your bill. If you are a gas customer, the gas credit will appear as a line item on the gas portion of your bill. If you receive both electric and gas service, you will see the electric and gas credits on the respective portions of your utility bill.
The CPUC regulates privately owned electric and natural gas companies and serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy. For more information about our work visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov.
If you have a question or complaint concerning a privately owned utility, call 1-800-649-7570 or visit http://consumers.cpuc.ca.gov/CABUtilityComplaint.aspx.