Two state agencies announced on Monday that millions of California households will see credits on their electricity bills in April and October each year through 2020 thanks to a program to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
For residential customers of San Diego Gas & Electric, the credits would e $36.24 twice a year, according to a spokesman.
The California Public Utilities Commission and California Air Resources Board said households will see the credit on their April and October bills each year, regardless of energy consumption or bill amount. Small businesses will receive the credit every month related to the amount of electricity used.
The credit comes from payments by power plants and industries that, under California’s climate program, purchase permits when they put carbon into the air. The credit is calculated according to rules established by the public utilities commission.
“The climate credit is part of an array of programs developed by California to fight climate change and improve air quality. This includes cars that use less gas, cleaner electricity, and more energy-efficient homes. This saves money and cleans the environment,” said Mary D. Nichols, chairman of the air resources board, which is the lead agency for implementation of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
More information about the climate credit is available online at: www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org/climatecredit.
— From a joint press release by the California Air Resources Board and Public Utilities Commission
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