Time-of-Use Transition

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Time-of-Use Transition

Manage your electricity costs with a time-of-use rate.

The State of California is transitioning residential customers to Time-of-Use rates where electricity costs are lower most of the day and higher in the evening.

You can use this rate structure to lower your bills and your environmental impact!

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Most customers in Humboldt will be offered this transition in June 2021. Customers may decline the transition to the Time-of-Use E-TOU-C rate (Peak Pricing 4–9 p.m. Every Day), but most Humboldt County homes are expected to save money on this rate. To see if you would do better on Time-of-Use please sign in to your PG&E MyEnergy account and compare rates to find the best one for you. (To sign in to MyEnergy, visit pge.com, click on Sign In, and use the Sign Up Now link if you don’t already have a MyEnergy account.)


Bill Protection

Humboldt County customers can try Time-of-Use risk-free for a year. RCEA and PG&E are offering automatic bill protection for customers that are transitioned from their Tiered (E-1) rate to Time-of-Use E-TOU-C (Peak Pricing 4–9 p.m. Every Day).  Bill protection means that if you paid more for the first year of Time-of-Use energy service than you would have with E-1, you will be credited for the difference. After the one-year period, you will be responsible for any difference in your bill resulting from the transition to Time-of-Use.

Bill protection credits from RCEA can be found on the RCEA Electric Generation Charges page of your PG&E bill.

To be eligible for bill protection an account must:

  • Transition from E-1 to E-TOU-C in June 2021
  • Be active as of 10/1/2020 or before
  • Not have been on the E-TOU-C rate in the past

If you stop taking service with RCEA before the end of the 12-month bill protection, you may receive those credits. Please contact RCEA to arrange for that compensation.

Net energy metering customers who are on the E-1 rate are eligible for the Time-of-Use transition. However, these customers will be transitioned to TOU-C based on their True-up date and may not be transitioned with the larger Humboldt County group in June 2021.

Net energy metering E-1 customers are eligible for bill protection for 12 months after their transition to TOU-C based on their True-up date.

Time-of-Use rates give you the opportunity to shift some activities from peak periods in the evening to other parts of the day. Use the same amount of electricity and still save money. For more ways to save please visit our customer programs page.

Time-of-Use rates align better with renewable energy resources like wind and solar. Switching over to these rates helps California lead as a renewable energy trailblazer and reduces our impact on the environment.

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