South San Francisco, CA June 9, 2020 Submitted by Peninsula Clean Energy
Part of broader $31+ million effort toward COVID-19 relief and power resiliency
Peninsula Clean Energy will extend a $100 credit to provide bill relief to additional low-income customers who have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place. The credit extension brings the total investment of this program to $3.6 million as part of the organization’s broader effort to address the current crisis and ensure longer term electricity reliability.
The one-time on-bill credit will automatically be applied for roughly 4,400 San Mateo County customers who have been covered under California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) rate plans as of May 27 and who are not among the roughly 30,000 customers who already received the bill credit in April.
Peninsula Clean Energy’s Board of Directors approved extending the initial credit to take into account the thousands of San Mateo County residents added to the CARE and FERA rolls in recent weeks.
“As this pandemic continues, our most vulnerable customers should never have to worry about keeping their power on at home,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said.
The bill credit is part of a broader package of efforts by Peninsula Clean Energy to help customers during the pandemic. This includes:
- Investing $10 million in programs to improve energy resiliency, including clean backup batteries for medically vulnerable residents and at critical facilities
- Continuing to save customers $18 million annually by providing rates 5 percent lower than those offered by PG&E
- Continuing Peninsula Clean Energy’s long-standing practice of not returning delinquent accounts to PG&E for collection
Those interested in qualifying for CARE’s monthly discount of at least 20 percent on gas and electricity or FERA’s monthly discount of 18 percent on electricity can learn more and apply on PG&E’s website.
About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy launched in October 2016 as California’s fifth Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency and is the official local electricity provider for all of San Mateo County. Peninsula Clean Energy has the goal of providing 100 percent greenhouse gas-free power by 2021. Find out more at peninsulacleanenergy.com.