Energy Upgrade California company logo

The profile is currenly unclaimed by the seller. All information is provided by CB Insights.

energyupgradeca.org

About Energy Upgrade California

Energy Upgrade California is an energy management solutions organization. The organization motivates and educates California residents and small businesses about energy management. It is based in San Francisco, California.

Energy Upgrade California Headquarter Location

505 Van Ness

San Francisco, California, 94102,

United States

Predict your next investment

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents , partnerships and news mentions to help you see tomorrow's opportunities, today.

Latest Energy Upgrade California News

SDG&E looks to increase electricity bills 5.6%, natural gas 18.1% starting in 2024

May 18, 2022

SDG&E looks to increase electricity bills 5.6%, natural gas 18.1% starting in 2024 San Diego Gas & Electric has filed its general rate case for the years 2024 to 2027, seeking a rate increase. The California Public Utilities Commission has the final say over whether to accept, reject or amend the request. (Rob Nikolewski/The San Diego Union-Tribune) Power companies file general rate cases every four years with California Public Utilities Commission. Print In two years, San Diego Gas & Electric customers may see another increase in their monthly bills. SDG&E has filed its general rate case with the California Public Utilities Commission — essentially, a budget request to the state’s regulator that estimates what the utility believes it will cost to maintain and upgrade the power system across its service territory from 2024 through 2027. This story is for subscribers We offer subscribers exclusive access to our best journalism. Thank you for your support. If approved by the commission, SDG&E anticipates typical residential electric customers who are not on discount programs and who use 400 kilowatt-hours per month will see their bills go up $9, or 5.6 percent , compared to estimated 2023 rates. The monthly bill for a typical natural gas customer using 24 therms would rise $9.60, or 18.1 percent. Customers who have combined electric and gas services would see a monthly bill increase of $18.57, or 8.7 percent. Advertisement “We recognize the reaction that a customer may have is, ‘Here’s another cost increase I need to absorb. I’m paying more for gasoline, for rent or mortgage,’” said Bruce Folkmann SDG&E’s chief financial officer .” “That is a part of our calculus whenever we’re considering a proposal like this and certainly, we want to be as thoughtful as possible.” As for the big jump in natural gas bills , SDG&E officials said it’s due to the cost of complying with updated safety regulations around inspections and measures to prevent methane emissions on the more than 15,000 miles of existing interconnected gas mains and services SDG&E operates. The state’s big investor-owned utilities file general rate cases every four years and the process is a long one. The utilities commission, or CPUC, is not expected to make a final decision for about a 1 1/2 years. In the meantime, the public, consumer groups and other interested parties can submit their own criticisms, suggestions and general input to the commission. The CPUC’s five commissioners will have the final say and can accept, reject or make changes to SDG&E’s proposal. “We are certainly going to urge the commission that this is just another opportunity to think about California electric customers and the high costs they’re paying,” said Edward Lopez, executive director of the San Diego-based Utility Consumers’ Action Network, or UCAN . “We’re going to give them lots of evidence to perhaps why this proposal is not just and reasonable.” The filing comes as inflation is surging and millions of customers across the state — many of them impacted by the financial effects of the pandemic — have fallen behind on monthly utility bills. According to CPUC figures obtained by the Union-Tribune, more than 3.6 million residential customers in California are in arrears. As of the end of March, 356,000 residential customers in the San Diego area had missed payment deadlines — a number that represents more than 25 percent of SDG&E’s residential accounts. At the start of the year, SDG&E raised its rates , with the class average for residential customers climbing 7.8 percent. The average price per therm for customers with natural gas hookups jumped 24.6 percent compared to January 2021, largely due to higher benchmark prices for natural gas across the country. SDG&E plans to spend ratepayer dollars on several programs, including: reducing wildfire risk and minimizing the number of pre-emptive power shutoffs by hardening 590 miles of power lines, either by burying them underground or insulating them replacing older natural gas pipelines to improve safety and reduce methane emissions modernizing the electric grid to enhance integration of more solar and wind generation, residential and utility-scale battery storage and transition from natural gas to electric appliances, such as water heaters strengthening cybersecurity expanding the number of electric vehicle charging stations in SDG&E’s service area, to help meet Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandate banning the sale of internal combustion engines for all new cars sold in the state by 2035, and implementing the use of next-generation smart meters to help give customers more control of their energy usage. “We are the most reliable utility in the western U.S. (for) 16 years in a row and these investments are going to ensure we maintain that high standard of reliability that our customers demand,” said Scott Crider, SDG&E’s vice president of customer services and external affairs . “We’re one of the cleanest utilities in the country and also one that is investing in innovation.” But Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network , a consumer group known as TURN, questioned some of the proposed outlays. “We oppose spending any more ratepayer money on electric car charging infrastructure,” Toney said. “That money should come from the transportation sector. And we’re extremely concerned by the (proposal for) next-generation smart meters when we haven’t even paid for the smart meters that have already been put in. Their useful time was supposed to be for 20 years and we’re very concerned about being double-charged.” Bill Powers, board member of the San Diego-based environmental group Protect Our Communities Foundation, called the request “a wish list” that is “essentially everything that results in more capital expenditures and more revenue for SDG&E.” SDG&E’s proposal would also affect customers of the area’s two new community choice energy programs in the San Diego area — San Diego Community Power and Clean Energy Alliance. Those government-run programs purchase renewable-energy power contracts for their customers but the general rate case covers other responsibilities that SDG&E still maintains, such as distribution, maintaining things like poles and wires as well as customer billing, so what the CPUC approves will be passed on to San Diego Community Power and Clean Energy Alliance customers as well. “I have not had a chance to delve deeply into (SDGE’s proposal) yet,” said Barbara Boswell, interim CEO at the Clean Energy Alliance . “I would say generally I’m not OK with another increase by SDG&E. They just significantly increased their rates to all customers effective at the beginning of this year. It’s a tough time for people and any increase should be looked at very closely.” The Clean Energy Alliance buys power for customers in Del Mar, Solana Beach and Carlsbad and will add San Marcos and Escondido next year. San Diego Community Power consists of San Diego, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Encinitas and Imperial Beach. Residential customers in La Mesa, Encinitas and Imperial Beach have recently been folded into the program, while San Diego and Chula Vista customers are in the process of transitioning this month. SDCP will add National City and the unincorporated areas of San Diego County to its roster in 2023. California policymakers have set a goal to derive 100 percent of the state’s electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045 and achieving that goal will require massive investments in California’s grid by the state’s big power companies — SDG&E, Southern California Gas, Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. In February, the California Independent System Operator , which manages the electric grid for about 80 percent of the Golden State, released a report anticipating what the electric system will look like in 20 years to meet the state’s targets. It projected a portfolio with dramatically more renewable energy sources in the power mix would come with a price tag of about $30.5 billion in transmission costs alone. Earlier this month, CPUC President Alice Reynolds said a new analysis of utility bills predicted customers experiencing double-digit increases by 2025. The CPUC estimated the average SDG&E bill will rise from $171 per month today to $213 per month in three years. For PG&E customers, costs would jump from $165 to $211 per month and Southern California Edison customers should expect their monthly bills to increase from $150 to $168. The key drivers include higher natural gas prices, increased transmission costs and spending to reduce the threat of wildfires. “We’re seeing rate increases at higher rates than we saw even last year when we did that analysis,” Reynolds said.

Energy Upgrade California Web Traffic

Rank
Page Views per User (PVPU)
Page Views per Million (PVPM)
Reach per Million (RPM)
CBI Logo

Energy Upgrade California Rank

  • Where is Energy Upgrade California's headquarters?

    Energy Upgrade California's headquarters is located at 505 Van Ness, San Francisco.

Discover the right solution for your team

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on vendors, products, partnerships, and patents to help your team find their next technology solution.

Request a demo

CBI websites generally use certain cookies to enable better interactions with our sites and services. Use of these cookies, which may be stored on your device, permits us to improve and customize your experience. You can read more about your cookie choices at our privacy policy here. By continuing to use this site you are consenting to these choices.