More than 5 million Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers will automatically receive the California Climate Credit on their energy bills this month, the utility reported.
According to a press release, “the California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to combat climate change and is distributed by PG&E to customers. This credit comes from the California Cap-and-Trade Program, which requires power plants, fuel suppliers, and large industrial facilities that emit greenhouse gases to purchase carbon pollution allowances. The credit on your bill is designed to help utility customers during the transition to a low carbon future. ”
PG&E further explained that: “Residential electric households will receive a credit of $38.39 on their October bills, the same amount given in March. Natural gas households also received a credit of $52.78 earlier this year. The total bill credits to customers in combined use for 2023 is $129.56. Residential households receive the electric credit twice per year, while the natural gas credit is issued once a year. Eligible small business customers will receive the same electricity credit, in the same amount as residential customers, twice a year.
In addition to the California Climate Credit, PG&E points customers to other ways to save energy and money:
- California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Provides discounts of 20% or more per month on gas and electricity.
- Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA): Offers a monthly discount of 18% on electricity bills for households with 3+ people.
- Medical Baseline: For qualified residential customers with increased energy needs due to certain qualifying medical conditions. Customers can get an additional monthly electricity allocation, or a discount based on your rate.
- Budget Billing: Averages energy costs for more predictable monthly payments and eliminates large spikes in bills due to seasonal changes.
- Bill Forecast Alerts: Notifications sent via email, text or phone informing the customer when their monthly bill is expected to exceed a certain amount set by the customer.