Southern California Edison (SCE) Commercial Rate Schedules GS-1, GS-2, TOU-3, and TOU-8

GS-1

Edison's GS-1 rate schedule is a flat rate per KWh for small commercial customers with demand below 20 KW (demand - rate of use). For most commercial electrical users this is the most economical rate schedule. Unfortunately, a lot of small electric accounts are above 20 KW peak demand. If you are slightly above 20 KW in electrical peak demand, you should investigate ways to reduce the demand below 20 KW, there is typically an annual savings of $2000 to $2500. An electrical demand control or monitoring system will usually work.

GS-2

SCE's medium size electric customers, between 20 and 200 KW, are in the GS-2 rate schedule which is a demand rate. Electrical users pay for the energy used in KWh and a peak demand charge in KW, which is the highest rate of use reached during the billing cycle. This cost is shown as "facilities rel demand" and "summer time related" demand charges on the bill. The electricity used in KWh can be reduced through energy efficiencies, and the installation of solar power. The demand charges can be reduced by the installation of a demand control system, and to a lesser extent by the installation of solar panels. Some customers' demand can be reduced below 20 KW, thus, qualifying them for the GS-1, which can represent a significant cost savings. Within the GS-2 rate schedule there are "time of use" (TOU) schedules which offer different energy KWh and demand charges KW - which may, or may not be of benefit for the electrical customer. The GS-2 schedule is eligible for several demand response programs which can be great cost savers.

TOU-3

SCE's Medium sized electric customers, between 200 KW and 500 KW, are in the TOU-3 rate schedule which is a time of use demand rate. Electrical users pay for the energy used KWh and a peak demand charge in KW, which is the highest rate of use reached during the billing cycle. This cost is shown as "facilities rel demand" and "summer time related" demand charges on the bill. The electricity used in KWh is charged by the time of use, and can be reduced through energy efficiencies, and the installation of solar power. The demand charges can be reduced by the installation of a demand control system, and to a lesser extent by the installation of solar panels. The TOU-3 schedule is eligible for several demand response programs which can reduce the monthly bill. There are several time of use schdules and one may be more benefical depending upon the facilities load factor and time of use. For electrical customers of this size there are almost always measures which will result in significant savings.

TOU -8

Large SCE customers above 500 KW, are in the TOU-8 rate schedule. This rate is a time of use demand rate. If you are spending this much money for electricity, there are a lot of cost saving measures available. Calculate your load factor and take a look at your load duration, then call us.

 


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