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newsrel -- CPUC and ARB announce the California Climate Credit, cutting electricity bills for millions of households

Posted: 31 Mar 2014 10:44:55
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1gUg1ly
March 31, 2014



Stanley Young
(916) 956-9409

Terrie Prosper
(415) 703-1366

CPUC and ARB announce the California Climate Credit, cutting
electricity bills for millions of households

Average $35 credit the result of State’s program to fight climate

Sacramento - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
and California Air Resources Board today announced that millions
of California households will see a credit averaging $35 on their
April electricity bills thanks to a State program to fight
climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. California
consumers can save even more money by investing the bill savings
in energy efficient home upgrades, including more efficient
lights and appliances.

“The Climate Credit is made to households and small businesses to
promote a cleaner, more energy efficient California, giving
millions of Californians a stake in the fight for clean air and a
healthy environment,” said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey.  “By
investing their Climate Credit in simple items to improve energy
efficiency – like LED lights or smart thermostats – consumers and
businesses can save energy, reduce costs, and join with the State
of California to fight climate change.”

Households and small businesses do not need to do anything to get
the credit. Households will see the Climate Credit on their April
and October bills each year, regardless of energy consumption or
bill amount. Small businesses will receive the Climate Credit
every month, as a credit related to the amount of electricity
used. Those customers include commercial, industrial, and
agricultural customers, as well as nonprofits and schools that
typically use less than 20 kilowatts of power each month. More
information about the Climate Credit is available at

“The Climate Credit is part of an array of programs developed by
California to fight climate change and improve air quality. This
includes cars that use less gas, cleaner electricity, and more
energy efficient homes. This saves money and cleans the
environment,” said Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California
Air Resources Board, which is the lead agency for implementation
of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. “If homeowners and
businesses use the credit to purchase some of the newest energy
efficient light bulbs or other energy-saving equipment they will
save even more.”

Customers of the state’s investor-owned utilities, including
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and
San Diego Gas & Electric, will receive a Climate Credit that is
designed to help California fight climate change and clean the
air. The credit comes from payments by power plants and
industries that, under California’s climate program, purchase
permits when they put carbon pollution into the air. The credit
is calculated according to rules established by the CPUC. 

The Climate Credit is one of many programs developed as a result
of landmark legislation called the Global Warming Solutions Act
of 2006, which puts California at the forefront of efforts to
battle climate change by requiring that greenhouse gas emissions
be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. Other programs include a
nation-leading requirement that by 2020, a third of electricity
used in California must come from clean, renewable sources like
wind and solar. The state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard will deliver
a new generation of cleaner fuels, including renewable fuels like
biodiesel. And California’s zero-emission vehicle regulation
requires that one of every seven cars sold in 2025 be fully
zero-emission, a mandate supported by Governor Brown’s 2012
Executive Order to provide fueling infrastructure for these
ultra-clean cars. 

The Energy Upgrade California Website
(www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org/climatecredit) not only offers
information on the Climate Credit, but also provides ways to take
action to save energy, conserve natural resources, and make
informed energy management choices at home and at work. Energy
Upgrade California is the State’s initiative to educate residents
and small business consumers about energy management.

For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

For more information on the ARB, please visit www.arb.ca.gov. 

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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