SDG&E Business Energy

Article 1: New seasonal and peak periods launching

Every few years, SDG&E submits a forecast of future costs to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to set rates that adequately provide safe and reliable gas and electric service to our customers. The proceeding, called the General Rate Case (GRC), is subject to a rigorous review process by the CPUC and other stakeholders and interested parties. Recently, the CPUC ruled on several changes that will become effective December 1, 2017.

What changed and why?

The decision established new time periods for Time-of-Use (TOU) rates and changed the month of May from a Summer month to a Winter month. The new seasonal periods are:

Summer: June 1 – October 31

Winter: November 1 – May 31

The previous on-peak period of 11am to 6pm has been in place since the 1980s. As more renewable energy is available during the day, the peak period has shifted to later in the day, resulting in the new time of use periods below. These new time periods will become effective on December 1, 2017 and will apply to most business customers but customers should check their pricing plan for their specific changes. Find out your pricing plan by visiting sdge.com/myaccount.

Approved Time of Use Periods (Weekdays)

TOU Period

Summer

Winter

On-Peak

4pm-9pm

4pm-9pm

Off-Peak

6am-4pm

9pm-midnight

6am-4pm

Excluding 10am-2pm in March & April

9pm-midnight

Super Off-Peak

Midnight-6am

Midnight-6am

10am-2pm in March & April

 

 

Approved Time of Use Periods (Weekends & Holidays)

TOU Period

Summer

Winter

On-Peak

4pm-9pm

4pm-9pm

Off-Peak

2pm-4pm

9pm-midnight

2pm-4pm

9pm-midnight

Super Off-Peak

Midnight-2pm

Midnight-2pm

 
 

Article 2: Business tips and tools help speed disaster recovery

A disaster such as a fire or earthquake can disrupt your business without warning, sometimes at great cost. Being prepared can help you restore operations faster and limit your losses.

You’ll find the basics outlined in our four-minute video, “Emergency Preparedness for Businesses,” at sdge.com/business/emergency. Steps you should take include: developing a written plan; training staff; practicing emergency procedures; stocking emergency supplies; maintaining defensible space; backing up and storing information securely off site; and periodically testing equipment, such as electric generators and smoke detectors.

Visit ready.gov/business for tools you can use to develop or improve a disaster preparedness program for your business. You’ll find an automated disaster recovery plan tool in the business continuity planning software, and a series of business continuity training videos.

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