SDG&E recognizes that this is still a challenging time for many customers and wants to help. We have many programs and services that can provide immediate financial assistance. As of July 1, 2021, regular program certifications have resumed.
We have programs and services
to help you manage bills and
support your energy needs
If you need immediate financial assistance, these bill discounts and payment programs may be able to help.
CARE -The California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program can provide you with a 30% (or more) monthly discount on your energy bill (electricity and gas). If you’re currently receiving public assistance, or recently lost your job, you may qualify even if you are claiming unemployment benefits. Find out if you qualify.
FERA - The Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program offers households of 3 or more people an 18% discount on their monthly electric use. Qualification is based on total household income. If you don’t qualify for CARE, we will automatically check to see if you qualify for the FERA discount. Find out if you qualify.
Rent and Utility Bill Relief: If you’re a renter who has experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, and meet income guidelines, you may be eligible for rent and utility bill assistance for a limited time. Depending on where you live, you may apply to the program administered in your community.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Eligible low-income households may receive a one-time payment of up to $1000. Learn more.
Medical Baseline (MBL) - Medical devices in your home? We may be able to help. If you need certain medical equipment in your home, our Medical Baseline program provides additional energy at the lowest price to help you save money on your energy costs. Learn more.
Neighbor-to-Neighbor - The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund provides up to $150 towards your bill for customers experiencing temporary financial hardship, but who are not eligible for other state and federal assistance. Call 211 to find participating agencies or visit them online.
If you have outstanding bills that are past due and are a CARE or FERA customer, you may be eligible for debt forgiveness through our Arrearage Management Payment (AMP) Plan. This plan offers eligible customers help with reducing their past-due account balance.
As of July 1, 2021, the following activities have resumed:
High Energy Use – If your energy use exceeds the standards and are considered high use, you may be removed from the CARE program. Check you energy use in My Account or take a Home Energy Checkup. Learn More.
Income Verification -We may ask customers to provide proof of eligibility. If verification is needed, we will send a 90-day notification. The first-time customers will have to provide proof of eligibility is September 30, 2021. Submit your income Documentation or proof now.
Program Recertification - Customers must renew their application to the program every 2 to 4 years. Recertification notices will be sent 90 days before your anniversary date. The first time you will have to recertify is September 30, 2021. Renew your status now.
As of July 1, 2021, Medical Baseline physician certifications have resumed. If you're enrolled in the Medical Baseline Program, you will be sent a notification 90 days before your recertification is due.
If the doctor certifies the medical condition is not permanent, we'll require self-certification of your continued eligibility for the Medical Baseline Allowance each year and completion of a new application with a doctor's certification every two years.
If the doctor certifies the medical condition is permanent, we'll require completion of a form self-certifying your continued eligibility for the Medical Baseline Allowance every two years. If you fall into this group, we'll send you a renewal notice in the mail. Renew Your Application Now Questions? Email [email protected]
Resumed Credit & Collection Activities
Credit/collection activities and payment policies, including late notices, resumed as part of normal operations on October 1, 2021.
COVID-19 Community Response Fund
To date, we have donated $3 million in shareholder funds to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Respond Fund. This fund helps support local nonprofit groups that provide food, rent and utility payment assistance, as well as resources to overcome the digital divide.
During scary times, scams aimed at utility customers increase. We will never call you or email you to demand payment and threaten to disconnect your service if payment isn’t received immediately. Click here for tips on how to spot a scam.
SDG&E Facilities & Operations
Branch Office Lobbies are Closed
Branch Offices are Closed -To keep our customers and employees safe, we have temporarily closed all our branch office payment locations. We offer many ways you can pay your bill. Click here for other payment options. Additional payment locations in stores may also be closed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
If paying by check, you can drop payments into our secure drop boxes at all branch locations. For branch locations, please click here.
Some programs that require onsite visits to business or homes are still suspended. Where possible, we ask that our customers reach out to us via phone or email.
We recognize that operating a business throughout the pandemic has been very challenging, but we want to help keep your business up and running. Bill collections and disconnection activities for non-payment resumed as part of normal operations on October 1, 2021.
Let us help you avoid a service interruption and take steps towards regaining financial health. Set up a payment plan with SDG&E today and rest easy knowing you’re covered.
Small Business* Customers please fill out this information and an energy service specialist will call you back to make a payment arrangement.
Medium & Large Business** Customers are encouraged to call our Business Contact Center at 1-800-336-7343 to establish payment arrangements.
*Small Customers non-residential customers are defined as demand under 20kW monthly for 12 consecutive months, or annual usage is equal to or less than 40,000 kWh, or 10,000 therms annually during the period of March 2019 through February 2020.
**Medium and large non-residential customers are defined as demand over 20kW monthly for 12 consecutive months, or annual usage is equal to or more than 40,000 kWh, or 10,000 therms annually during the period of March 2019 through February 2020.