DCE will offer competitive rates for cleaner, greener power.
Desert Community Energy will buy cleaner, greener power from sources that are as close to home as possible, and feed them into the electricity grid (SCE will continue to manage the power lines, infrastructure, billing, and service).
When you're enrolled in Desert Community Energy, you will continue to receive a single monthly bill, but Desert Community Energy's power generation charges will replace SCE’s charges.
Desert Community Energy rates will be set annually by our Board of Directors, meaning that you’ll have a more predictable idea of your power generation rates. And you’ll know that your electricity provider is locally managed by community leaders who have your best interests at heart.
Each year, Desert Community Energy and SCE will publish a Joint Rate Comparison to indicate how our rates and energy sources compare.
Net Energy Metering Customers
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Desert Community Energy is launching a Net Energy Metering (NEM) program that will offer the same rates that SCE currently offers.
The following are provisions of the DCE NEM program:
- Current NEM customers will automatically be enrolled in the DCE Net Energy Metering program.
- SCE will true-up customers when they are enrolled [in May] regardless of what month they are in their current relevant period.
- The effective date NEM customers begin service with DCE is also the effective date of the new relevant period for both SCE and DCE.
- The relevant period for the DCE side of the bill (generation) will be reset to end on the meter read date in May of each year.
- DCE electric generation charges will be escrowed and tracked throughout the relevant period, which means customers won’t pay a generation charge until the end of the 12-month relevant period. This allows customers a full 12 months to net out any generation charges. Customer bills will still report customers credits and debits and provide a running total for easy tracking.
- At the end of the relevant period NEM accounts will be trued-up.
- Energy generation credits accrued during the relevant period will be used to offset energy generation charges.
- Energy charges not offset by energy credits at the time of true-up will be billed to the customer.
- Any energy credits that exceed energy charges are set to zero for the start of the new relevant period.
- The amount of excess generation kWh will be paid out at DCE’s Net Surplus Compensation aligned with the current SCE rate.
- This compensation is for generation side of bill only; delivery side will continue to fall under SCE’s applicable program.
- New NEM customers will continue to apply through SCE to establish their NEM service before transitioning over to DCE.
- There is no impact to customers NEM 1.0 grandfathering status by enrolling in DCE NEM service.