Now available or soon to be available to eligible CalChoice Associate Members
CalChoice is proud to help its Associate Members research, implement and manage energy programs that benefit the communities they serve. For more information about the energy programs listed below, contact CalChoice Energy Programs Manager Kathy Wells at Kathy@CalChoice.Org.
Earn Revenue While Supporting the Electric Grid
CalChoice associate member commercial customers can now earn revenue by reducing their energy consumption when the grid is stressed, or energy prices are high.
Optimize Energy. Save the Planet. Generate Revenue.
CalChoice and Olivine Inc. are offering a new program that allows commercial customers of CalChoice CCAs an opportunity to join the ClimateResponse® Virtual Power Plant (VPP), designed to help nonresidential customers mitigate the grid impacts of climate change while earning revenue.
Temporarily adjust your energy use during May through October when the grid is under stress, such as during extreme heat days, or energy prices are high, and be rewarded. If you are a large nonresidential customer and are able to adjust your energy consumption, you are now eligible to enroll in Olivine’s ClimateResponse® VPP to help avoid blackouts and make our electric grid resilient. It’s free to join, there are no penalties, and you will always be in control of your buildings and resources.
The more you save, the more you earn! Payments will be made for verified load reductions.
Participants will be paid the following during a dispatch period:
Energy Payments: $2/kwh
Capacity Payments: $1/kW for exceeding your Nomination Capacity. Customers only participating in ClimateResponse® emergency events are not eligible to receive the capacity payments.
Solar Energy and Storage
Disadvantaged Communities Green Tariff Program (DAC-GT) - Available for LE, PRIME & SJP
The DAC-GT program enables income-qualified, residential customers in disadvantaged communities (DACs) who may be unable to install solar on their roof to benefit from utility scale clean energy and receive a 20% bill discount. The program is modeled after the Green Tariff portion of the existing Green Tariff/Shared Renewables Program and is available to customers who meet the income eligibility requirements for the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs.
*Disadvantaged Community (DAC): The customer’s service address must be located in a DAC, identified by the latest version of CalEnviroScreen as scoring among the top 25% of census tracts statewide, or census tracts scoring in the highest 5% of the CalEnviroScreen’s Pollution Burden, but that do not have an overall CalEnviroScreen score because of unreliable socioeconomic or health data. Currently, three CalChoice CCA’s have received DAC allocation and are eligible to participate: Lancaster Choice Energy, Pico Rivera Innovative Municipal Energy, and San Jacinto Power.
Future requests for proposals related to this program will be available on CalChoice’s Requests for Proposals page.
Power Choice Program
Tesla, Inc. has partnered with Participate.Energy, LLC to design a program to allow community choice aggregators, for the first time, to capture the revenue and supply created by behind the meter residential solar plus storage. Residential customers who elect to join a new CCA tariff will be eligible to have Tesla install a microgrid (solar panels connected to a Powerwall home battery) at no cost.
More information coming soon.
Energy Efficiency / Smart Homes
CalChoice Partnership with OhmConnect
CalChoice Associate Members, in partnership with OhmConnect, are providing customers a special offer to help reduce energy and save on electricity bills.
OhmConnect offers a free service that pays customers for the energy they don’t use and customers who sign up as a result of our partnership will receive $10 cash and a thermostat for $0.99 (a value of $129.99) or two smart plugs if they connect their utility.
OhmConnect also lets customers know the most critical hours during the week when electricity is most expensive. That way, customers can choose to turn off devices to help the environment, save on their bills and reduce demand on our electricity grid.
OhmConnect is providing CalChoice Associate members with custom emails, social media posts, flyers and other materials to promote the offer to customers.
Visit OhmConnect’s website to learn more.
Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) Regional Partnership/Energy Efficiency Programs
Through a wide range of services, SoCalREN—administered by the County of Los Angeles— helps promote energy efficiency and sustainability throughout Southern California. SolCalREN assists with the design and implementation of programs that help reduce energy use throughout the region.
Elect to Administer / Energy Efficiency Programs
Current challenges exist with the Energy Division (CPUC) budget allocation to “local” programming, which is what would provide CCAs funding to “Elect to Administer” (ETA) investor-owned utility (IOU) energy efficiency programming. Another challenge is the Energy Savings Calculation minimums that must be met when administering a program. Currently the thresholds are unattainable for small CCAs to reach (per LCE’s past experience and Frontier Energy Consultant analysis.) CalChoice team continues to monitor opportunities for new programs to meet the ETA program standards on behalf of all members CCAs.
Customer Billing / Financial Assistance Programs
Arrearage Management Plan (AMP)
The Arrearage Management Plan (AMP) Program is a debt forgiveness payment plan option for residential CARE and FERA customers who have past due bills totaling $500 or greater which are at least 90 days old. AMP is designed to help customers who have had difficulty bringing their account current and give them a fresh start by forgiving 1/12 of their past due balance each time an on-time payment is made. After twelve on-time payments, the debt will have been forgiven in full. Utility customer must apply to participate in the AMP Program by visiting www.sce.com/careandfera. In the Arrearage Management Plan section, customers can learn more about how AMP works and access the AMP application form to start the enrollment process.
California Arrearage Payment Program (CAPP 2.0)
The 2022 California Arrearage Payment Program (CAPP 2.0) is a state program to help pay residential customers’ eligible past-due energy utility bills that increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2022 CAPP reduces qualified customers’ unpaid energy bills by directly applying a credit to their utility bills. Utility customers do not need to apply for 2022 CAPP and assistance will be distributed by state utility companies electing to participate in 2022 CAPP. 2022 CAPP bill credits are a courtesy of the State of California and are targeted to help residential utility customers that fell behind on their energy bills because of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residential customers may qualify for a 2022 CAPP credit if they had an unpaid energy utility bill for services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic relief period of March 4, 2020 to December 31, 2021.
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)
PIPP pilot programs, which allow a participant to pay a predetermined affordable percentage of their monthly income toward their electricity or natural gas bill. Participants will receive a monthly bill cap for current charges set at four percent of their household’s monthly income. Monthly bill caps will be standardized for households in two income tiers: 0-100 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines, and 101-200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Customers of the large investor-owned utilities and participating Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) who are enrolled in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program are eligible for the pilots if they are located in one of the zip codes with the highest rates of reoccurring disconnections in a utility’s service territory, or if they have experienced two or more disconnections during the 12 months prior to the disconnections moratorium.
Pandemic Debt Accumulation Project
Auto-enrollment in long-term payment plans for customers with bill debt.
In September 2021, Southern California Edison implemented the Pandemic Debt Accumulation project, addressing energy utility customer bill debt via automatic enrollment in long term payment plans Pursuant to Decision 21-06-036.
Residential Payment Plans:
Before 9/30/21, all eligible residential customers should have been automatically enrolled in a 24-month installment plan. To qualify, customer must have arrears of 60 days or greater and may not be on AMP, have an existing installment plan, budget billing plan, NEM or previously had a previous 24-month installment plan. As customers become eligible, they must be auto enrolled into 24-month installment plans until September 2022. Customers are permitted to opt-out of the plan. Customers will also be allowed two waivers for missed payments before the customer is removed from the payment plan. Should the customer miss a required payment, all payments are delayed an additional month and the customer is not required to make up the missed payment in the subsequent month. The utility must provide written notice to the customer of their removal and the outstanding amount due. While in the 24-month installment plan, customer is protected from disconnection.
Additional Details for Small Business Payment Plans:
Before 9/30/21, all eligible small business customers should have been automatically enrolled in an extended installment plan, where the monthly installment is no more than 10% (5% in Disadvantaged communities) of the customers average bill over the past 24 months. Customer must have arrears of 60 days or greater and may not be on NEM, budget billing, have an existing installment plan or previously had a pandemic installment plan. As customers become eligible, they must be auto enrolled into an extended installment plan until September 2022. Customers are permitted to opt-out of the plan. Customers will also be allowed two waivers for missed payments per calendar year before the customer is removed from the payment plan. The utility must provide written notice to the customer of their removal and the outstanding amount due. A customer is not eligible for disconnection while on the payment plan.
- What happens if a customer who is active on a payment arrangement tries to enroll in AMP?
- Customer will be removed from the payment arrangement once they are approved for AMP.
- How will this work in relation to CAPP payments? If we get the CAPP payment, will customers then default from the Payment arrangement?
- The CAPP payment will be considered a regular payment on the bill. If the amount does not pay the past due in full, then the payment arrangement will
ChargeReady2 is Southern California Edison’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure program for Municipal / Government Fleets, Mixed Use Bldgs., and Commercial Bldgs. The ChargeReady2 program is in full marketing swing as of November 2021 (CalChoice Associate Members have received a fact sheet with Apple Valley Clean Energy logo). ChargeReady2 information should be shared with customers via individual CCA websites, social media etc. Additionally, City can leverage ChargeReady2 program funding.