2024 Energy Rates and Who Sets Them

Energy Rates

Aside from weather, usage and energy market conditions, your energy bill is impacted by regulatory proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). SDG&E, alongside consumer advocates and other key stakeholders, participates in numerous CPUC proceedings throughout the year. We are committed to keeping you up to date on those proceedings that could affect what you pay for energy.  

Who Sets Energy Rates?

SDG&E's rates and any fees paid by SDG&E customers are regulated and approved by multiple public agencies and with the participation of many stakeholders in a transparent, thorough review process.

The most prominent agency is the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This agency consists of five people appointed by the governor. Any time SDG&E wants to start a major project, upgrade systems or change any rates, we must submit a detailed application to the CPUC. We’re required to demonstrate how the request fits within California’s energy future and how it could affect annual or multi-year costs and rates for customers.

Those applications then go through a rigorous review process by the CPUC and other interested stakeholders to ensure that SDG&E is making prudent and fiscally responsible decisions — for our individual customers and community at large.

After the review process, the CPUC issues a decision based on what is fair and reasonable for customers. We then incorporate any needed changes from the CPUC ruling, whether it's rates, or other revisions to what is proposed in the application.

For example, every four years SDG&E files a General Rate Case (GRC) request. This determines the amount of money needed for operational expenses like costs for  building, operating and maintaining equipment including substations, distribution poles and transformers, as well as SDG&E's highly-skilled workforce. Other proceedings include Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA), which covers fuel and purchased power costs such as electricity, and a Cost of Capital proceeding which sets forth the rate of return the company can earn on its capital investments. All of these must be approved by the CPUC before SDG&E charges its customers.

In addition to the CPUC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approves the retail transmission portion of rates.

Additional oversight

While the CPUC and FERC regulate rates, there are additional agencies that provide oversight of SDG&E, the power grid, and the state’s energy policies:

  • California Air Resources Board (CARB)
  • California Energy Commission (CEC)
  • California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
  • Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety

Resources to Help You Manage Bills

We recognize that no one wants to see their energy bills go up, especially now. Still, we also recognize our responsibility to be transparent with our customers and help prepare them for the potential for higher energy bills this winter.

SDG&E customers are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of assistance programs, including bill discounts, debt relief, payment plans and energy efficiency programs. The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, funded entirely by SDG&E shareholder dollars (not customer dollars), provides eligible customers with up to $300 to offset their outstanding bills. The federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers financial help ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on household income, size and past due balances, visit sdge.com/assistance to learn more about these programs. You can also avoid surprises on your bill by signing up for My Account to receive Energy Alerts.

Please visit sdge.com/MyEnergy for energy-saving tips, financial assistance and rebate information. 

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