Usually, these credits are distributed twice a year, in April and October. Most residents receive a natural gas credit in April, and electric credits in April and October. For 2020, in order to mitigate the effects of increased residential electric bills that are likely to result due to the Governor's March 19, 2020 stay-at-home order and provide residential customers increased opportunity to invest in energy-savings products,  CPUC directed most electric utilities to advance the distribution of credit.  In 2021, CPUC returned the distribution of the electric residential California Climate Credit to the standard twice-annual April and October schedule.

2021 Residential Electric California Climate Credit

2021 Electric California Climate Credit Schedule

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April May June July Aug Sept Oct
PG&E $17.20

$17.20
SCE $29.00

$29.00
SDG&E $34.60 $34.60
Liberty $33.78
$26.14
Pacific Power
$97.23

$97.23
2020 Residential Electric California Climate Credit

2020 Electric California Climate Credit Schedule

Changes for 2020: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CPUC directed PG&E, SCE, and Pacific Power to split their October Climate Credit in half and distribute each half to their customers earlier in the Spring and Summer of 2020.  Liberty Customers received their October credit earlier in Summer.

  April May June July    Aug Sept Oct
PG&E $35.73 $17.87 $17.86        
SCE $37.00 $18.50 $18.50        
SDG&E         $32.28 $32.38  
Liberty $29.46     $33.78      
Pacific Power
$159.67   $87.39 $87.38      

Due to the timing of the CPUC decision authorizing these changes and the desire to distribute the California Climate Credit to residents as early as possible, some PG&E and SCE customers may have received their second and third 2020 credits in June and July due to differences in their billing cycles compared to other PG&E and SCE customers.

Prior-Year Electric California Climate Credit Amounts

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

 2020

Total Value Received Per Household 2014-2019

PG&E

$30

$25

$28

$17

$39

$28

 $36

$415

SCE

$40

$29

$38

$31

$36

$33

 $37

$488

SDG&E

$36

$36/$24*

$17

$30

$34

$31

 $32

$421

Liberty Utilities

$42

$35

$27

$23

$29

$46

 $34

$469

Pacific Power

$194

$141

$143

$107

$127

$160

 $167

$2,062

Prior-Year Values rounded to the nearest dollar.

*April and October credit amounts differed.

Residential Natural Gas California Climate Credit

The 2021 Natural Gas California Climate Credit was distributed in April.

2018

2019

2020

 2021

Total Value Received Per Household 2018-2021

PG&E

$30

$25

$27

 $24.22

$106

SDG&E

*

$34

$21

 $17.86

$73

Southwest Gas

$22

$25

$27

 $27.57

$101

SoCalGas

*

$50

$26

 $22.39

$98

Prior-Year rounded to the nearest dollar.

*These utilities issued the 2018 credit with the 2019 credit in April 2019.

The 2018 PG&E and SoCalGas credits also include any 2015-2017 allowance proceeds that exceeded compliance costs over the same period.  Since Southwest Gas and SDG&E did not have net proceeds exceed net compliance costs for this period, these utilities had no net proceeds to roll forward into 2018.  PG&E's 2018 credit reflected proceeds accrued over the 2015-2018 period.  As SoCalGas postponed the return of the 2018 credit until 2019, SoCalGas's 2019 credit was composed of proceeds accrued over the 2015-2019 period

California Climate Credit