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Small and Medium Business

You are considered a small or medium business customer if you have not used more than 200 kW per month for 3 consecutive months in the last 12 months.

You can find the monthly kW usage on your bill next to your Demand Charge. If you don’t have a Demand Charge, then you are under 200 kW per month.

Transition Schedule

  • November

    Beginning November 2012, and continuing over the next several years, Small and Medium Business customers are automatically transitioning to time-of-use rates. Rates transitioning: A1 and A10, monthly demand up to 200 kW.

  • November 2014

    Beginning November 2014, Small and Medium Business customers will automatically transition to Peak Day Pricing.

Time-of-Use Rates

Instead of a single flat rate for energy use, time-of-use rates are higher when electric demand is higher. Higher demand periods are typically weekdays May through October, noon to 6 p.m. In return, time-of-use rates are lower at all other times.

This means that when you use energy is just as important as how much you use. If you conserve electricity in your business during peak hours, you can save money on your electric bills.

The transition to time-of-use rate plans is part of a plan to ensure greater power reliability and a better energy future for California.

Peak Day Pricing

Peak Day Pricing rate plan options are also available. Peak Day Pricing works in conjunction with time-of-use rate plans, applying higher energy prices on 9 to 15 Event Days per year in exchange for discounted energy rates at all other times from May 1 through October 31.*

Beginning in November 2014, Small and Medium Business customers will start to automatically transition to Peak Day Pricing. You can opt in early or opt out at any time if you decide it's not right for your business, by logging in to My Energy.

Learn more about Peak Day Pricing.

*Effective summer rates are lower after Peak Day Pricing credits have been applied, but effective rates are higher during Peak Day Pricing Event Hours. 

Customer Success Stories

The following success stories are about Small and Medium Businesses that are participating in time-of-use or Peak Day Pricing rate plans.

Children’s Recovery Center – Time-of-Use: PDF (252 KB)

Lepe’s Foods – Time-of-Use: PDF (1.6 MB)

Abateco, Inc. – Peak Day Pricing: PDF (1.1 MB)

Union Cemetery – Peak Day Pricing: PDF (1.5 MB)

Mother Hubbard's Restaurant – Peak Day Pricing: Video | PDF (1.4 MB)

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