SACRAMENTO – Check your power bill this month to see if it’s lower, due to the “California Climate Credit.”
Twice a year, millions of California residents receive a credit on their utility bill identified as the California Climate Credit, the result of a program created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which also oversees the program’s implementation.
The program requires power plants and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit on your bill is your share of the payments from the State’s program.
The California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to fight climate change, says the CPUC.
Currently, all residential and eligible small business electricity customers of PGE&E, SDG&E, SCE Pacific Power and Liberty Utilities receive the credit, as do all Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) customers.
Customers don’t need to do anything in order to receive the credit – it is automatically applied to their bills. The credit amounts vary among utilities, CCAs, and from year to year.
If you’re not sure whether you’re receiving the Climate Credit, the first thing to do is contact your utility or CCA, the same as you would do with any billing questions. That’s because although the CPUC oversees the credit and can help with any remaining questions you have, your utility or CCA is best positioned to access your individual records and answer questions about individual accounts.
“The Climate Credit is one of many programs resulting from landmark legislation called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006,” says the CPUC. “Together, these programs are cutting pollution, creating jobs, and investing in cleaner energy and transportation. Your Climate Credit is designed to help you join in these efforts.”
For more information about the Climate Credit, visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/climatecredit.
For more information about climate change science and programs to reduce carbon pollution, visit www.climatechange.ca.gov.
For FAQs about this credit visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/general.aspx?id=6571