What is the Baseline Allowance?

Baseline Allowance consists of an allotment of energy available at the lowest price, based on where you live, your heating source, and the season (summer or winter).

Find the amount of your Baseline Allowance

Your energy statement lists your Baseline Territory

Regardless of the plan you’re on, you can locate your territory under Service Information on page 3 of your bill:

Once you know your Baseline Territory, you can find your summer and winter allowances in the Baseline Allowance Table.

Baseline Allowance Table

The table below provides the daily amounts of energy allotted for the Baseline Allowance. To get your allowance for a complete billing cycle, follow this formula:

Daily Amount x Number of Billing Days = Your Baseline Allowance for a Billing Cycle

You’ll find the number of billing days on page 3 of your energy statement.

View a sample statement

NOTE: Based on the average residential gas and electricity use for each territory, the Public Utilities Code requires these specific ranges for baseline allowances.

How the Baseline Allowance is determined for each territory

In accordance with the Public Utilities Code, the Allowance must represent 50 to 60 percent of the electricity needs of the average customer in each territory. Allowances are determined as follows:

  • Between 50 and 60 percent of average use in your territory
    Basic-electric customers (no permanently installed electric heat), summer and winter All-electric customers (permanently installed electric heat) and gas customers, summer only
  • Between 60 and 70 percent of average use in your territory
    All-electric and gas customers, winter only

Baseline allowances are recalculated and submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval about every three years. They may be adjusted on an annual basis, if necessary.