Our Standard Plan is Super for Savers
Our Standard Plan is designed for customers who are committed to using less energy and can stay under a certain baseline. If you stay under the baseline, you’ll be rewarded with one low price. But if you go beyond that amount, your prices increase.
Who is this plan for?
The Standard Plan might be best for you if:
You're able to conserve and stay within your baseline allowance
Your electricity usage varies from day to day.
This price is based on your Baseline Allowance which is set by the California Public Utilities Commission. Baseline Allowance is calculated based on where you live, your heating source, and the season—summer (June 1 through October 31) or winter (November 1 through May 31). Try our baseline calculator. Have your bill ready and check out how increased energy use can make a big difference in your bill.
Here's How It Works
Note: As part of a larger rate relief effort across the state, in response to COVID-19, the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) temporarily reduced the price of high usage electricity by 30%. This lower price is represented below.
Current Effective Prices
- You begin each billing period at the Tier 1 price up until the point where you reach 130% of your baseline.
- Then, when you use over that amount of energy, you move into Tier 2. Your energy usage for the rest of the month is billed at the higher Tier 2 price.
- You stay in Tier 2 for the rest of the month, unless you continue using a lot of energy.
- Once you hit four times the amount of energy in your baseline, all additional energy is billed at a High Usage Charge.
You can find your baseline allowance on your bill by the meter number. Multiply this number by 1.3 to find your Tier 1 usage amount.
Changes to Seasonal Pricing
Ahead of the start of summer 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission eliminated changes in seasonal pricing for electricity that used to go into effect on June 1 and November 1 for the Standard Plan (DR). In past years, the summer change reflected the increase in demand and costs for electricity as more people seek relief from hotter summer temperatures.
Effective June 1, 2020, those costs will be spread throughout the year creating a flatter rate that may result in lower bills in the summer, offset by slightly higher bills in the winter, assuming no change in usage. By having the same pricing for energy across both seasons, you can better plan and prepare by knowing how to budget for electricity costs.
Save with a Time of Use Plan
These plans are different from our current Standard Plan, which is solely based on how much energy you use. Time of Use plans also take into account the time of day you use energy, which allows you two ways to save – by shifting your electricity use to lower cost hours of the day or by reducing your overall usage.