With Time-of-Use (TOU) rates, you have the power to save money on your electric bill while helping to promote a healthy electrical grid. With TOU rates, costs are lower when the demand for electricity is lower, and more expensive when there is more demand. Shifting your electricity usage to times of the day when demand is lower can result in a lower electric bill for your business.
MCE is part of a statewide initiative in which business and residential customers are moving to Time-of-Use rates. The California Public Utilities Commission is rolling out a plan to ensure a reliable electric grid, part of which is shifting electricity usage to when there is less demand for electricity on the grid. Commercial customers have the option of changing to a new TOU rate in November 2019. Most commercial customers will automatically transition to the new TOU rates in November 2020.
How Will Time-of-Use Rate Plans Affect Your Business?
To learn more about how TOU rates could affect your business, please visit one of the following PG&E links and log into your account for personalized rate comparisons:
New Time-of-Use rates for Agricultural customers are delayed due to ongoing settlements. Stay tuned.
Yes, you can perform a personalized rate comparison here for small or medium businesses or here for large businesses, and logging into your account. Please note that for MCE customers, the comparison is made using PG&E bundled rates as a proxy for MCE’s rates. However, this should not materially affect the comparison.
The state of California has bold goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become a zero-carbon state by 2045. This means the amount of renewable energy powering our electric grid will need to continue to increase. Californians have an abundance of renewable power when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. That abundance begins to decline in the afternoons and evenings just as California’s energy demand reaches its peak. During this time, electricity is more likely to be produced by carbon-intensive energy sources which emits more greenhouse gases. Over the last several years, the California Public Utilities Commission has been working with utilities to develop electric rate schedules that send higher price signals during times when there is a greater demand for electricity. These rate schedules have time-variant pricing depending on the time of day, and are called Time-of-Use (TOU).
You can call MCE’s customer service team at 1 (888) 632-3674 Monday – Friday from 8 am–5 pm or PG&E’s ETOU-C customer service line at 1 (866) 743-7945.
By shifting your electric usage away from peak periods, you can save money by consuming electricity during lower-priced periods, while also helping create a more balanced electric grid. MCE’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs can help you find ways to save.
Questions about Time-of-Use?
Call PG&E at 1 (866) 743-7945 Monday – Friday from 8 am–5 pm, or email MCE at info@mceCleanEnergy.org.