For the second time this year, more than 5 million Pacific Gas and Electric customers will automatically receive the California Climate Credit on their energy bill, reported PG&E. The California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to combat climate change and it is distributed by PG&E to customers.
This credit is from the California Cap-and-Trade Program, which requires power plants, fuel providers, and large industrial facilities that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution allowances. The credit is designed to help utility customers during the transition to a low-carbon future.
Residential electric households will receive a credit of $38.39 on their October bills, the same amount provided during March. Eligible small business customers receive the same electric credit, in the same amount as residential customers, twice a year.
For more information about additional programs that are funded by the California Cap-and-Trade Program to reduce carbon pollution, improve public health and the environment, and provide meaningful benefits to disadvantaged communities, visit http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/.
PG&E financial assistance programs
In addition to the California Climate Credit, customers are encouraged to explore other ways to save energy and money including financial assistance and other programs:
- The California Alternate Rates for Energy Program provides a discount of 20 percent or more each month on electricity bills.
- The Family Electric Rate Assistance Program offers a monthly discount of 18 percent on electricity bills for households with three or more people.
- The Medical Baseline program is available for eligible residential customers who have additional energy needs due to certain qualifying medical conditions. Customers can get an additional monthly allotment of power, or a discount based on their rate.
- Budget billing averages out energy costs for more predictable monthly payments and eliminates big spikes in bills due to seasonal changes.
- Bill forecast alerts are notifications sent by email, text, or phone notifying the customer if a monthly bill is expected to exceed a specific amount set by the customer.
Information submitted by Pacific Gas and Electric