Every few years, SDG&E submits a forecast of future costs to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to set rates that adequately provide safe and reliable gas and electric service to our customers. The proceeding, called the General Rate Case (GRC), is subject to a rigorous review process by the CPUC and other stakeholders and interested parties. Recently, the CPUC ruled on several changes that will become effective December 1, 2017.
What changed and why?
The decision established new time periods for Time-of-Use (TOU) rates and changed the month of May from a Summer month to a Winter month. The new seasonal periods are:
Summer: June 1 – October 31
Winter: November 1 – May 31
The previous on-peak period of 11am to 6pm has been in place since the 1980s. As more renewable energy is available during the day, the peak period has shifted to later in the day, resulting in the new time of use periods below. These new time periods will become effective on December 1, 2017 and will apply to most business customers but customers should check their pricing plan for their specific changes. Find out your pricing plan by visiting sdge.com/myaccount.