Recursos Para Ayudarlo A Ahorrar Dinero En Su Factura De Electricidad

Recursos para ayudarlo a ahorrar dinero en su factura de electricidad

A medida que más de nosotros estamos trabajando desde casa durante la emergencia COVID-19, estamos usando más electricidad. Hemos delineado recursos de ahorros para los residentes de San José para ayudar a proteger contra facturas más altas.

Encontrar el mejor plan de tarifas para su hogar

Un mayor uso de productos electrónicos y electrodomésticos puede causar un aumento en las facturas de electricidad. Puede ser valioso utilizar la herramienta de comparación de tarifas de PG&E para evaluar el plan de tarifas de electricidad más efectivo para su hogar.

El 94% de los clientes residenciales de SJCE están en planes de tarifas escalonadas (por ejemplo, E-1), donde el precio de la electricidad se basa en la cantidad que se usa. Si un cliente usa más de su asignación de electricidad durante el período de facturación, el uso adicional se cobra en múltiples niveles más caros.

El 6% restante de los residentes tienen planes de tiempo de uso (TOU), donde el precio de la electricidad se basa en cuándo se usa. Se proyecta que alrededor del 75% de los residentes de San José ahorrarán dinero en los planes TOU en comparación con los planes escalonados. Los planes de TOU alinean mejor los precios de los clientes con el costo de la adquisición de electricidad. Las horas “pico” más caras caen a partir de las 4 p.m. a las 9 p.m. cuando la demanda es alta y hay menos energía renovable disponible.

El quedarse en casa puede presentar una oportunidad para tener más control sobre su consumo de electricidad y su factura. Las tarifas de TOU pueden ser una buena opción para aquellos que puedan cambiar el uso de sus electrodomésticos antes de las 4 p.m. o después de las 9 p.m.

Las opciones de planes de tarifas de SJCE reflejan las de PG&E. Puede comparar su uso en diferentes planes y elegir un nuevo plan de tarifas en pge.com; PG&E nos comunicará lo que elija.

Programas de descuentos mensuales financiados por el estado

El Programa de California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) y el Programa de Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) son dos programas financiados por el Estado que ofrecen descuentos en las facturas de electricidad a hogares con ingresos calificados. Los clientes de SJCE son elegibles para estos programas de descuento y deben aplicar y volver a aplicar a través de PG&E, que administra CARE y FERA para el Condado de Santa Clara.

Los clientes de CARE reciben un descuento mensual del 30-35% en electricidad y 20% en gas. Para calificar, los clientes deben cumplir con las pautas de ingresos o estar inscritos en programas de asistencia pública. Los clientes deben renovar su elegibilidad cada dos años o cada cuatro años si el cliente tiene un ingreso fijo.

Los clientes de FERA reciben un descuento mensual de hasta el 18% solamente en electricidad. Este descuento es específicamente para hogares de tres o más personas que cumplen con las pautas de ingresos. Los clientes deben renovar su elegibilidad cada dos años.

Obtenga más información sobre estos descuentos y cómo solicitarlos en nuestra página web de Programas de Descuentos.

Asistencia federal otorgada solamente una vez

El Programa de Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) es un programa financiado por el gobierno federal administrado por Sacred Heart Community Service en el Condado de Santa Clara. LIHEAP ofrece a los hogares con ingresos elegibles (inquilinos y propietarios) un crédito por única vez hacia su factura de electricidad, que oscila entre $ 173 y $ 289 por año calendario. Este es un programa que no es de emergencia, ya que el pago puede demorar entre 6 y 8 semanas.

Los clientes deben presentar su solicitud a través del Sacred Heart Community Service.

El monto de la asistencia de LIHEAP se calcula basado en tamaño del hogar, los ingresos del hogar y otros factores, incluyendo la disponibilidad de fondos y el costo de la energía dentro del condado donde reside el hogar. Se recomienda que apliquen las familias con personas mayores, discapacitadas o jóvenes en la vivienda.

Recursos adicionales

Obtenga más información sobre los programas gratuitos de eficiencia energética visitando la página web de Energy Savings de San José Clean Energy. Esta información también está disponible en español y vietnamita. Tenga en cuenta que algunos de estos servicios, como las auditorías domiciliarias y otras actividades que requieren visitas domiciliarias, se pueden suspender temporalmente debido a la orden de emergencia COVID-19 y la orden de quedarse en casa.

 

Hay ciertos pasos que podemos tomar para ahorrar energía y reducir las facturas a medida que ahora estamos pasando más tiempo en casa, como:

• Usar iluminación natural abriendo las cortinas para reducir la necesidad de prender lámparas y luces.

• Enchufar sus productos eléctricos a una regleta inteligente para que los dispositivos no utilizados no consuman electricidad.

• Usar capas o cobijas para reducir la necesidad de usar un sistema de calefacción en días y noches más frías.

• En días más cálidos, abrir ventanas y “pre-enfriar” nuestras casas durante las noches y mañanas para aliviar la necesidad de usar aire acondicionado.

• Secar la ropa con aire y lavar solo cargas llenas de platos y ropa para no tener que prender los electrodomésticos tan seguido.

Para obtener más recursos y contenido relacionados con la energía, siga a @SJCleanEnergy en TwitterFacebook e Instagram.

Take Advantage Of Special Discounts On Electric Vehicles This Spring

Update: Due to the County’s Shelter at Home Order through May 3, 2020, the discounts offered through our partner dealerships have been temporarily suspended. We anticipate that the discounts will be made available and extended once sales operations at the five participating dealerships have resumed.

This spring going electric is about to get easier! The City of San José has partnered with Capitol Chevy, Capitol Hyundai, Capitol Kia, Premier Nissan of Stevens Creek, and Stevens Creek Kia to offer extra discounts up to $3,200 on seven electric vehicle models from April 1 through June 30, 2020:

  • Chevy Bolt
  • Hyundai Ionic
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Kia Niro All Electric
  • Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • Nissan Leaf Plus
  • Nissan Leaf 40-kWh

Customers can stack these dealership discounts on top of local, state, and federal rebates for up to $13,500 in savings!

Electricity costs less than $2 for the equivalent gallon of gasoline, and maintenance over the lifetime of an EV is 40-70% lower than a conventional vehicle, resulting in even more savings. Plus, you’ll be reducing carbon emissions and air pollution by driving on clean, renewable energy from San José Clean Energy.

Low-income residents may qualify for additional incentives. Clean Cars for All offers up to $9,500 towards the purchase or lease of an EV or plug-in hybrid or $7,500 for public transportation (Clipper card) if you trade in a car from 2004 or older. Additionally, the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program offers a $5,000 rebate. Learn more.

Learn more about each model, discounts, incentives, and FAQs. These extra limited-time discounts are offered exclusively by the auto dealerships listed above, with no funding provided by the City of San José.

Visit our EV webpage to discover the benefits of EVs; local, state, and federal rebates & incentives; special electricity rates; a shop & compare tool; and more information on EV charging.

Following PG&E Power Shutoffs, Could Microgrids Provide Stability?

PG&E’s unprecedented power shutoff on October 9 affecting nearly 740,000 customer accounts – approximately 2.25 million people – sent Northern California into chaos.

Without electricity, operations in the city slowed: schools were forced to close, families lost perishable food, and businesses lost tens of thousands of dollars in revenue and inventory. Public safety issues arose as traffic signals and streetlights went out and residents lost the ability to power medical devices, home alarm systems, and air conditioning. In San José, 20,000 customer accounts went dark for about 20 hours.

This follows PG&E power shutoffs in 2017 and 2018, including in Calistoga. Calistoga’s experience led them to begin building a microgrid to establish energy independence—an option communities in Northern California may consider as the threat of power outages increases.

Unintended Public Safety Consequences

In an effort to mitigate the risk of their transmission and distribution lines sparking wildfires, as they did in last November’s Camp Fire, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has granted PG&E the authority to shut off its power lines in fire-risk areas—leaving the rural and urban communities who depend on those lines without power for up to a week.

Previously, PG&E could shut off only distribution lines, which transport lower voltage power over shorter distances directly to customers. This year, following the Camp Fire, PG&E was granted the ability to shut off transmission lines, which transport power over long distances, increasing the area at-risk of a blackout. Although the importance of preventing wildfires is undeniable, the wide-ranging public safety impacts a PG&E power shutoff can bring are troubling, to say the least.

For example, officials worry that impact of a power outage could spread far beyond the targeted community. “Turning off power to one specific area puts the rest of the grid under more stress. So we worry about a cascading effect, where a PG&E PSPS in one city causes unintended power outages across the Bay Area,” Lori Mitchell, director of San José Clean Energy says. “That could have life-threatening consequences.” Additionally, the transmission lines that cities rely on travel through fire-risk areas. So even if a city is not threatened by a fire, its transmission line could still be turned off due to fire-risk, resulting in a blackout.

While PG&E is incentivized to proactively shut off the power to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires, cities and counties must bear the burden and allocate their resources to deal with impacts to affected residents and businesses. An initial estimate of costs to the City of San Jose for responding to impacts from PG&E’s October 9-10 power shutoff was over half a million dollars for labor costs alone.

Losses borne by residents and businesses could be immense. “If Silicon Valley lost power for two or four or seven days, the consequences could be felt around the globe,” adds Zach Struyk, deputy director of San José Clean Energy. “We need to start to make plans to build more resiliency.”

What Are Microgrids?

As the name suggests, microgrids are scaled-down versions of the typical electrical grid. Rather than transmitting power over long distances to thousands of homes and buildings, microgrids serve a smaller and more localized user base. They can be scaled to serve a university campus, a small community, or even an entire city.

Most of the time, they remain connected to the larger grid and function as a standard piece of grid infrastructure. However, in the event that the grid loses power, microgrids can disconnect and operate independently—this is known as “islanding.” Because of this flexibility, buildings connected to microgrids can keep their lights on even if the main grid lacks power. With added local generation and storage, a microgrid can extend the amount of time that an islanded area has reliable power. For hospitals and emergency shelters, the extended time can save lives; for businesses and households, they mitigate the effects of a blackout. As transmission-level PG&E PSPS events pose a threat to most of Northern California, microgrids are an important resiliency tool to consider.

Case Study: RCEA x Airport

Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), a community choice energy provider (known as a CCA) serving Humboldt County, recently began working on a microgrid in partnership with the county airport. “Since roads into Humboldt County are frequently closed by fires and slides, energy security at the regional airport is crucial,” the lead contractor of the project explains on their website. “In the event of a grid outage, the airport microgrid will allow flight service and rescue operations to continue without interruption.”

Much like RCEA’s current partnership with PG&E – where RCEA procures energy that is delivered to customers through PG&E lines – RCEA will own the electricity generation, while PG&E will build and maintain the microgrid’s distribution lines. Electricity generation will occur on two large photovoltaic arrays located on the airport’s land: one array will generate electricity for the airport, and the other will provide Humboldt County with renewable energy. Because the arrays are connected to a battery system, solar energy can be stored and distributed at all hours. Additionally, excess energy will be sold to California’s wholesale power market — resulting in revenue for RCEA.

The microgrid, financed by a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission and $6 million from RCEA, will be the first of its kind owned by a CCA. This makes it an important test case in determining the feasibility and replicability of a microgrid—and one that SJCE will be following closely. Full operation of the system is scheduled for December 2020.

Going Forward

Despite their promise, microgrids remain relatively niche, and policies that will heavily influence their future are still being deliberated. SB 1339, which became California law in 2018, created standards around microgrid tariffs and rates. California Senate Bill 774, which is currently being discussed in the state legislature, would require Investor Owned Utilities, like PG&E, to collaborate with “local governments and other interested territories” to identify areas where microgrids may be needed. While both these bills illustrate a growing conversation around microgrids, they are only a start. The direction of future policies could impact everything from ease-of-adoption and financing to who chooses to build them.

In August, San José Clean Energy briefed the City Council on energy resilience, including considerations for microgrids. Staff demonstrated the possibility of microgrids to increase resilience, as well as the need to further analyze the challenges that implementing a microgrid would present.

As climate change poses new risks to our existing power infrastructure, microgrids will continue to be an important point of discussion in the energy sector. SJCE will continue to monitor microgrids and other emerging technologies to identify opportunities that advance our commitment to providing sustainable, affordable and reliable electricity to all of our customers.

Due to the possibility of PG&E PSPS events, all San José residents and businesses should prepare for a multi-day power outage. Learn how you can prepare.

Photo credit: San José Police Department

Ebay & Hewlett Packard Enterprise Choose TotalGreen

This month eBay and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), two large technology companies headquartered in San José, upgraded their San José Clean Energy (SJCE) electricity service to TotalGreen to power their facilities with 100% renewable energy from solar and wind.

“We’re thrilled to see such demand for renewable energy from our large corporate customers,” said Lori Mitchell, Community Energy Department Director. “This demand is helping drive our investment in new renewable resources. Our local communities benefit when local government and the private sector work together to fight climate change.”

To date, over 1,000 customers have chosen TotalGreen, helping drive our investment in new renewable resources. We plans to invest in approximately 350 megawatts of new solar, wind, and battery storage by the end of 2019.

Both eBay and HPE have corporate sustainability goals to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The SJCE partnership is part of eBay’s broader push to lower its carbon footprint by achieving 100% renewable energy by 2025 for its data centers and offices worldwide. eBay currently is participating in local, utility-driven green power programs around the globe. Most recently, eBay announced a partnership with Rocky Mountain Power in Utah to ensure the facilities there are supported by 100% renewable energy. Other eBay offices — including Dreilinden, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; and Portland, Oregon — all are powered by 100% renewable energy through local utility programs.

In 2018, HPE reduced their operational emissions by 37%, compared to 2016 levels, and increased their ambition with a new goal of a 55% reduction by 2025. The upgrade to TotalGreen will promote future emission reductions for HPE and help the city meet the emission reduction targets in its ambitious climate action plan, Climate Smart San José.

To upgrade to TotalGreen, visit our TotalGreen webpage or call (833) 432-2454.

State Awards $33m For Public Electrical Vehicle Charging In Santa Clara And San Mateo Counties

On August 13, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that San José Clean Energy (SJCE) will be one of five energy agency partners for a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station initiative.

The CEC will provide $21 million in incentives to Santa Clara County and $12 million to San Mateo County. This funding will be allocated to San José Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, City of Palo Alto Utilities, and Silicon Valley Power in Santa Clara County, and Peninsula Clean Energy in San Mateo County. Pending approval from their governing bodies, millions more in matching funding could be contributed to this effort, totaling up to $60 million.

This announcement comes as part of the CEC’s California Energy Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which aims to install 250,000 EV chargers by 2025. Since transportation is the leading source of emissions in Silicon Valley, encouraging electric vehicles can go a long way in supporting the State’s climate goals.

Because of these funds, residents can look forward to increased availability of EV charging.

Kevin Meehan, programs lead for SJCE, hopes that the news will encourage more San José residents to transition to electric vehicles. “We know charging access is a barrier preventing greater EV adoption. For someone thinking about whether to purchase or lease an EV, this should make them confident that charging will be available for them in San José, and throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.”

CALeVIP funds the installation of fast charging stations (which can charge a battery to 80% in 30 minutes) and Level 2 stations (which provides enough charging for day-to-day driving) at public, workplace and multi-family housing locations. This combination of options ensures that EV charging will be widely accessible and can meet a range of customer needs.

The project will launch in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in spring 2020, and funds will be available for two to four years.

Read SJCE’s joint press release with the other CEC CALeVIP partners.

SJCE Signs First Long-term Power Purchase Agreement With EDPRenewables

Exciting news! SJCE just signed a 20-year agreement for solar energy and battery storage from a new solar park!

This is our first long-term power purchase agreement, and when construction finishes in 2022, San Jose residents will receive renewable energy from Sonrisa Solar Park in Fresno County. With battery storage, solar energy can be generated during the day and distributed during the evening peak hours, improving grid reliability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Here’s how the news will impact our customers:

  • Long-term agreements offer power at a lower price than short-term ones, so SJCE operational costs will decrease. Also, renewable energy prices have fallen drastically over the last years, to the point that the average total cost to build and operate renewables is often lower than fossil fuels.
  • Since we’re a government agency, we are not-for-profit and have no shareholders. That means the savings from this contract will be passed directly to our customers— you! — in the form of lower rates and more community programs to fight climate change and promote equity.
  • We know our customers want more renewable energy. Going forward, SJCE expects to sign more contracts like this to meet customer demand. In fact, by 2021 SJCE will offer 100% carbon-free energy as our base option. Until then, consider upgrading to TotalGreen for around $5 more a month to power your home or business with 100% renewable energy. For the price of a cup of coffee, you could take a huge step towards reducing your carbon footprint.

For more information, read our joint-press release with EDP Renewables.

SJCE’s Credit Facility With Barclays Bank Increases To $80 Million

San José City Council agreed on April 30 to expand San José Clean Energy (SJCE)’s revolving credit agreement with Barclays Bank PLC from $50 million to $80 million. The increased credit facility will allow SJCE to make additional purchases of clean power into future years, thereby further hedging future electricity costs and maximizing customer savings.

“Our credit facility is another Community Choice financial milestone demonstrating the financial stability of CCAs,” said Lori Mitchell, Community Energy Department Director.

On May 7, SJCE’s neighboring agency Peninsula Clean Energy received an investment grade credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service, following Marin Clean Energy. Their Baa2 ratings indicate a stable outlook and are higher than PG&E’s B2 rating.

“Financial institutions are recognizing the strength of the California Community Choice model. The 19 agencies have achieved strong finances, high community participation, and success in procuring costcompetitive renewable resources, all while advancing California’s climate goals and benefitting our local communities,” added Lori Mitchell.

The agreement with Barclays highlights the fiscal strength and security of the Community Energy Department, a department of the City of San José. While SJCE is part of a large city, this credit facility was achieved due to confidence in SJCE’s financial position.

“Barclays is pleased to support San José Clean Energy’s procurement of renewable energy. Our loan is an indication of our confidence in the financial position of San José Clean Energy and the California Community Choice model – its large customer base and support from local and state elected officials are markers of success,” said John McCray-Goldsmith, who leads the public sector climate change infrastructure finance practice for the western U.S. at Barclays.

To meet San José customers’ increased demand for renewable energy, totaling 2,000 GWh annually by 2022, SJCE currently buys power from existing power plants. SJCE is currently negotiating its first long-term power purchasing agreement (PPA) to build new renewable energy resources dedicated for SJCE customers and will issue a Request for Proposals for additional opportunities.

CCAs are driving California’s renewable energy future. In total, CCAs will build over 10,000 MW of new renewable resources by 2030, compared to less than 1,000 MW pledged by investor-owned utilities.

Samsung’s San José Campus Goes TotalGreen

We are proud to announce that Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. has chosen to power their San José campus with TotalGreen, our 100% renewable electricity service! Energy for the Samsung@First campus will come solely from solar, wind and geothermal energy, complementing their onsite solar installation.

With Samsung’s commitment, San José Clean Energy will have the opportunity to provide even more clean, renewable energy, helping meet the aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets set forth in Climate Smart San José, our city’s climate action plan.

“Climate change is a serious problem that affects the world, and we’re focused on ensuring Samsung is doing their part to respond to this crisis,” said Jim Elliott, Corporate Senior Vice President at Samsung Semiconductor. “We’re eager to partner with San José Clean Energy to further reduce the carbon footprint of our San José offices, where thousands of our staff work on innovative automotive, digital health, data center, and IoT innovation projects.”

By choosing TotalGreen, Samsung continues to demonstrate its commitment to creating a low-carbon future. In 2016 alone, Samsung almost doubled its use of renewable energy, which resulted in nearly a six-fold increase relative to 2014.

“We are proud that our focus and commitment to sustainability initiatives will directly contribute to San José Clean Energy building more, new renewable energy generation,” added Elliott.

SJCE is currently working on negotiating its first long-term power purchase agreement to build new renewable energy resources dedicated for SJCE customers. San José customers’ demand for renewable energy totals 1,840 GWh annually.

SJCE was able to assist Samsung in its efforts to analyze the financial and environmental impact of its decision to upgrade to 100% renewable energy.

With Samsung leading the way, we encourage other local business leaders to consider upgrading to TotalGreen. We are happy to provide interested businesses with financial and environmental analysis about their SJCE energy options – feel free to reach out.

We congratulate Samsung on this exciting decision, and look forward to working with other local business leaders to further expand local procurement of renewable energy.

San Jose Clean Energy Launch On Schedule Despite Pg&e Bankruptcy Announcement

Updated January 31, 2019

With Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) facing billions of dollars in potential wildfire liabilities, the investor-owned utility has filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. PG&E has stated that there will be no interruption in power service for customers, and San José Clean Energy (SJCE) will launch electricity generation service to San José homes and businesses this February as planned.

Starting in February, SJCE will be San José’s new electricity generation provider, while PG&E will continue to transmit and distribute the electricity, maintain the powerlines, respond to power outages, and provide billing services.

SJCE and other Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in California are closely monitoring the situation and evaluating potential impacts on CCA customers and operations.

You can contact PG&E with any questions you may have and you can find more details on their website at www.pge.com/reorganization.

San Jose Clean Energy Receives $50 Million Credit Facility From Barclays Bank

San José Clean Energy (SJCE) is proud to announce the signing of a $50 million credit facility established with Barclays Bank, a premier multinational bank and financial services company.

Benefits of the credit facility include increased flexibility in the use of borrowed funds, as well as lower overall costs of borrowing. Having cheaper, more readily available capital will allow SJCE to be nimbler and more financially secure in an ever-changing energy environment.

“With this credit contract, San José Clean Energy can more efficiently achieve our renewable energy procurement goals while passing on savings to customers and helping meet San José’s climate goals,” said Lori Mitchell, Community Energy Department Director.

A secure, flexible line of credit increases the operational efficiency of the Community Energy Department and provides the chance to pursue business interests that once were limited or unavailable due to lack of financing opportunities.

The contract highlights the fiscal strength and security of the City of San José and its newly-formed Community Energy Department. While having the backing of a large city government such as San José is a major benefit when negotiating credit terms, this credit facility was only achieved due to the confidence in the financial position of the Community Energy Department. This is because the debt is secured and repaid solely through the revenues generated through SJCE as opposed to the City’s general fund.

It also reveals a bright economic outlook for Community Choice Aggregations (CCAs). This announcement, in conjunction with Marin Clean Energy recently receiving an investment grade credit rating by Moody’s, emphasizes growing investor confidence in the CCA business model, in addition to creating more investment opportunities that may have once been limited due to financial insecurity and high costs of capital.