New Electric Service Provider in Select Cities: Desert Community Energy


As most of you (or at least, those of you who read about the Rancho Mirage Energy Authority are aware, Rancho Mirage recently started its own electric company –Rancho Mirage Energy Authority –pursuant to the state’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) law, and now Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Cathedral City have jointly moved forward with their own CCA –Desert Community Energy (“DCE”).

CCAs allow cities to enter into their own power purchase agreements with power providers of their choosing, rather than piggybacking off the power contracts made by SCE, and this allows CCAs to both choose more environmentally friendly power producers and charge less to their rate-payers for the power (i.e. the “generation” charges on your bill). DCE customers will still use Edison’s grid and infrastructure, which is why DCE customers will pay the same for the “delivery” charges on their bill as Edison customers.

For typical tiered billing, here’s the difference:

DCE

SCE

Tier 1

$0.15

$0.18

Tier 2

$0.22

$0.25

Tier 3

$0.33

$0.35

The other caveat of note with DCE is that customers can choose to pay a little bit extra to get their energy from 100% carbon-free sources under the “Carbon Free” rate (versus the 35% carbon-free mix that other DCE customers on the default “Desert Saver” rate will receive) – this is a purely voluntary opt-in rate which compares to the default “Desert Saver” rate as follows:

Desert Saver

Carbon Free

Tier 1

$0.15

$0.16

Tier 2

$0.22

$0.23

Tier 3

$0.33

$0.32

Other than that, it seems that everything else for DCE customers – as it relates to solar – should be the same. For solar customers that went solar after July 1, 2017 (who are all on mandatory time-of-use billing, 99% of whom are on TOU-D-A) or for other solar customers who have chosen to switch to time of use billing, here’s a comparison of SCE versus DCE’s two rates:

Summer Rates – TOU-D-A:

SCE

DCE “Desert Saver”

DCE “Carbon Free”

On Peak

$0.48

$0.45

$0.46

Off Peak

$0.28

$0.25

$0.26

Super Off Peak

$0.12

$0.10

$0.10

Winter Rates – TOU-D-A:

SCE

DCE “Desert Saver”

DCE “Carbon Free”

On Peak

$0.36

$0.33

$0.34

Off Peak

$0.27

$0.25

$0.25

Super Off Peak

$0.13

$0.11

$0.11

Long story short, for most of you the impact of this change will be small but because DCE’s rates will be slightly less than SCE’s, what remains of your electric bills with solar may go down further.

For more information, visit: https://desertcommunityenergy.org/


By | 2018-07-05T11:56:28+00:00 July 5th, 2018|News, Politics, Solar Finance|0 Comments

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