According to Peninsula Clean Energy, its Green Access Program (also known as “Green Saver Program”) is providing more than 370 income-qualified customers in Los Banos a 20 percent savings on their electric bills.
In addition, approximately 700 income-qualified customers in San Mateo County are receiving the same discount.
The discounts, which are automatically applied to bills distributed by PG&E, have saved customers in both areas more than $190,000 since February, with an average monthly savings of $41.45 per customer.
This 20 percent discount is in addition to the discounts income-qualified customers already receive through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs.
Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency. It is the official electricity provider for San Mateo County and for the City of Los Banos.
Green Access is part of a statewide effort from the California Public Utilities Commission to help low-income residents with their energy bills in communities that experience higher levels of environmental pollution.
Through Green Access, Peninsula Clean Energy will be building new solar arrays in Dos Palos to provide participants with 100 percent emission-free renewable energy.
“Green Access is helping make electricity more affordable to more residents in San Mateo County and Los Banos, and it is also spurring the development of clean power that helps us address climate change and live healthier lives,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said.
Customers receiving the discount were enrolled by either signing up through partner organization El Concilio or being automatically selected based on location and income eligibility.
Starting this past spring, a new line item called “Peninsula Clean Energy Green Access” appeared on the generation page of PG&E bills for customers receiving the discount and indicating how much each household is saving on their electricity bills.
More information is available at https://www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/greenaccess.