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CALIFORNIA RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Rate Assistance
  • CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy)
    • 30%-35% off gas and electric utility bills for households up to 200% FPG for customers of investor owned utilities (IOUs).
  • FERA (Family Electric Rate Assistance Program)
    • Additional electric rate discount for households up to 250% FPG who are customers of 3 largest electric IOUs
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    • EAPR (Energy Assistance Program Rate): Discount of 30% on monthly bills for households up to 200% FPG.
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    • LIDP (Low-Income Discount Program): Discount of 15%-20% on water and electric bills for households up to 200% FPG.
Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESAP)
    • Services to customers who meet CARE income guidelines include: attic insulation, energy efficient refrigerators, energy efficient furnaces, weather stripping, caulking, low-flow showerheads, water heater blankets, and door and building envelope repairs which reduce air infiltration.
Participating Utilities
  • Major Four IOUs: Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas, San Diego Gas and Electric
  • CARE: Major IOUs
  • FERA: Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric
  • ESAP: Major IOUs
Annual Funding (2014)
  • Rate Assistance
    • CARE: $1.29 billion
    • FERA: $10.9 million
    • EAPR: $41.3 million
    • LIDR: $61 million (2013)
    • Smaller Utilities: $40 million (estimate)
  • Energy Efficiency
    • ESAP: $390 million
Households Served (2014)
  • Rate Assistance
    • CARE: 4.5 million
    • FERA: 56,523
    • EAPR: 108,597
    • LIDR: 316,000 (2013)
  • Energy Efficiency
    • ESAP: 315,582
Funding Mechanism
  • Public purpose surcharge on all regulated utilities, all customer classes contribute except CARE customers are exempt
  • SMUD recovers the cost of EAPR through its rate structure
  • LADWP recovers the cost of LIDR through its Energy Subsidy Adjustment factor
Administration
Utilities with regulatory oversight
LEGISLATION
Authorizing
  • California Public Utilities Code, §739(g) (1989) (applies to investor owned utilities)
  • Section 385 of the Public Utilities Act (applies to publicly owned utilities (municipals, irrigation districts)
Other Important
  • AB 1890 (9/96) (continues low income programs that existed prior to restructuring
REPORTS / EVALUATIONS