Environmental Equity

Greenlining and allies successfully advocated for the CPUC to return electric sector cap-and-trade revenues to working families and small businesses. This helps protect both our pocketbooks and the environment, and resulted in the creation of the historic California Climate Credit program.

Residential and small business customers of Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, PacifiCorp, and Liberty Utilities, as well as community choice aggregation providers Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, are all eligible to receive the Climate Credit. This credit, which appears on your electricity bill in April and October each year, is your share of the payments from California’s biggest industrial polluters.

While the credit amount varies depending on which utility provides your electricity, it is the same for every customer of that company, regardless of how much energy you use or the amount of your bill. Each household served by a particular utility will get the same amount. Greenlining advocated for this model because it protects low-income customers (who tend to use less power) and rewards conservation.

The climate credit also offers an unprecedented opportunity for customers to slash their energy bills even further while reducing reliance on dirty energy. How? Simply reinvest your credit in things like LED light bulbs to save even more money on your energy bill while further contributing to California’s fight against climate change. Even better, encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

Greenlining will continue to fight for policies like the Climate Credit that help families, protect low-income consumers, and more our state toward a cleaner future.

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