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California Climate Credit

 

Savings on Your Electric Bill to Fight Climate Change

The California Climate Credit is money from State programs to fight climate change.  You'll receive the credit automatically on your electricity bill each year.

Climate Credit Amounts

Learn how credits are calculated, why they differ by electricity provider, and who is eligible.

Funds to Protect You and Fight Climate Change

The Climate Credit is designed to help you join with California in its efforts to fight climate change and clean the air.  The credit is from a state program that requires power plants and other large industries to change, and some is returned to Californians as a Climate Credit.

How to Play a Part

You don't need to do anything to get the Climate Credit - you'll get it automatically - but if you want to join California's efforts to tackle climate change, there's a lot you can do.

We've launched a new website, Energy Upgrade California, to help you figure out the best ways, you can take action - whether it's simple actions to save energy or whole house energy makeovers.  You're not alone though - California is doing a lot too.

California's Action on Climate Change

California has already taken some huge steps to lower the state's carbon footprint.  Here are some of our most impactful programs:

  • Statewide Greenhouse Gas Pollution Limits
    • We've set a course in state law to reduce California's statewide carbon footprint back down to 1990 levels by 2020.  It's called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
  • Clean Energy:
    • In the Grid:  By 2020, 33% of electricity will be from renewable energy like solar or wind.  We're already at 20% and growing.
    • In Your Building:  We offer incentives for rooftop solar electricity, solar hot water, fuel cells and cogeneration to help you generate the energy you need on-site with renewable energy.  Over 200,000 homes and businesses have already gone solar.
  • Energy Efficiency:  California is a national leader in energy efficiency.  While U.S. energy use per person has skyrocketed over the last 30 years, California's has stayed flat.  Between 2010 and 2012 alone, our energy efficiency programs saved enough energy to power 600,000 homes a year, which is equivalent to removing 3.8 million tons of carbon pollution from the air or removing 700,000 cars from the road.

Here are some of the many things we're currently working on to improve our efficiency even more:

    • Zero Net Energy Buildings - Buildings so efficient and green they hardly leave a carbon foot print.
    • High Efficiency Appliances - Rebates, incentives and standards so that everyone has access to high quality appliances that sip energy and save money in the long-run.
    • Demand Response - why build new power plants that will only be used a handful of times a year if we can avoid it?  Instead we have programs that pay businesses and households if they volunteer to turn down their energy use during the few times a year when electricity demand spikes.  That's demand response - people getting paid to save energy when energy prices are at their highest.
  • Zero-Emission Vehicles
    • California's advanced clean car regulations led by the Air Resources Board will save drives an estimated $6,000 annually in fuel costs by 2025 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from conventional vehicles by 35 percent.  The CPUC is also working on ways to make it easy for electric vehicle owners to plug in and charge their vehicles anywhere at rates that are fair.
  • Research and Development
    • California funds cutting-edge research by businesses, academics and national labs - all to find ways to generate clean energy or to squeeze more use out of the fuels we burn.

Climate Credit FAQs

Want to learn more?  Browse our FAQs or learn about the Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program.  For details about California policy and regulations, you can participate in CPUC proceedings and read some of our decisions.

Special Information for Industrial Customers

Read our press release on the Climate Credit.

  

Last Modified: 10/1/2014


 
 
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