Notice of Pending Rate Increase
You may already be aware that CEC rates are increasing effective Feb. 1, 2020 for all accounts. Overall, members will see on average a 5 percent increase to CEC’s distribution charge. There are a variety of factors contributing to this increase, but the main reason is the increase in our annual cost to maintain our rights-of-way. The annual cost for tree trimming has more than tripled in the past ten years. Trees cause a significant majority of CEC’s power outages – and with that comes increased costs for restoring power.
Currently CEC residential members using 31 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a day (or 930 kWh a month) pay approximately $124. The average bill after the rate increase would be approximately $130.
It’s important to note if you are comparing your February bill to other months please look at your usage and not just the dollar amounts. February is generally considered a higher usage month due to colder temperatures and less daylight.
We understand that there is never a good time for a rate increase but ask that you consider the value it brings to everyday life.
In addition, CEC has numerous resources to help you save. One of the most extensive resources we have for members is our online Energy Solutions Center. This section of our website exists to answer energy-related questions and to assist you in making your home more energy efficient. It will provide you with valuable information about CEC’s in-home energy audits, money-saving tips, and energy efficient upgrades for both new and existing homes.
You can also identify ways to save by utilizing SmartHub – CEC’s online, account management program. SmartHub includes robust energy use analytics tools, which allow you to compare energy use over time and against weather data. Tracking your energy use like this lets you see if you’re using more energy than usual and empowers you to make adjustments if necessary.
We also have our Rebate Program which will help you save by updating your appliances with Energy Star certified ones. Energy Star certified appliances reduce the amount of energy used in your home, therefore saving you money.
Additional resources for how to save on your bill are available by visiting www.TogetherWeSave.com.
As this rate increase goes into effect, CEC asks you to remember three things:
- We make every effort to mitigate costs and avoid increases.
- We are committed to our members and the communities we serve.
- As a member not-for-profit organization, maintaining dependable service at the most affordable price remains the cornerstone of our business model. That will never change.