Southern California Edison (SCE) recently announced the possibility of a fee increase on electric rates for its customers on Friday, September 16 at a media briefing in Rosemead, Ca. If the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approves the rate increase, Southern California residents could face up to a $3-$11 fee increase effective January 3, 2012.
Every three years, SCE proposes a plan entitled “the general rate case,” which outlines the cost associated with serving its customers including how much is needed to charge its customers in electric rates. The general rate case has been in review since 2010. The CPUC will come to a final decision in December 2011.
If approved, the increased funds will be used to replace aging poles, wires and transformers; add smart grid components to generate more renewable energy like solar and wind; create over 60,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2014 to implement the new upgrades to the grid and to provide additional customer service needs; and increase grid security and the security of customer information.
During the month of June 2011, SCE held public hearings regarding the fee changes and other concerns related to their services in seven cities across Southern California. A number of So Cal residents voiced their concerns about the fee increase, prompting SCE to further push its energy conservation message.
Some programs that have been enacted by SCE to encourage smart energy use are the California Alternative Rates Energy (CARE) program and the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program. Each program offers a discounted rate on monthly electric bills. More information about applying for the programs can be obtained by logging on to www.sce.com/residential/incomequalified/CAREFERA/carefera-rate-programs.htm.
Other money saving tips can be found at www.sce.com/rebatesandsavings.
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