CCA Relief Actions
- The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has partnered with NextEra Energy Resources to provide $170,000 in grant funding for COVID-19 relief efforts in Blythe, California and its surrounding area in Riverside County. The SFPUC’s local clean energy program CleanPowerSF contracted with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to expand a solar array in the area. As part of their contract with the SFPUC, NextEra made a commitment to provide funding to community organizations in Blythe within five years of launching the expanded solar array. However, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the grants will be administered immediately.
- Clean Power Alliance has allocated $1 million in bill assistance to COVID-19 impacted residential and small business customers who sign up for financial assistance through Southern California Edison.
- East Bay Community Energy will contribute more than $1 million to 12 communities to support relief efforts; is spearheading an initiative soliciting donations from large commercial customers, with the goal of raising $1 million in April for the County food bank and Meals on Wheels programs; has approved $70,000 in grants to local support programs at Alameda County Community Food Bank and Meals-on-Wheels of Alameda County; and has allocated over $300,000 in additional funds to use for community grants in our response to COVID-19 and is developing effective strategies to utilize these funds.
- Lancaster Choice Energy has created the Grocery Workers Appreciation Program which will provide eligible grocery workers who are LCE customers with a one-time credit of up to $50 on their LCE charges. The program is a demonstration of Lancaster’s gratitude to frontline grocery workers who are helping the community through the COVID-19 pandemic
- Monterey Bay Community Power will defer electric generation charges by 50% for the months of May and June, providing financial relief to every MBCP customer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Total customer bill deferment during May and June is estimated at $22.4 Million.
- Peninsula Clean Energy has approved a $100 on-bill credit for roughly 30,000 low-income customers who are covered under California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) rates. The credit will be automatically applied to bills in April.
- San Jose Clean Energy is working closely with other city departments to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain
the health and well-being of its customers. San José helped stand up and solicit more than $31 million in donations for Silicon Valley Strong, a fund to help residents with food insecurity and assist small businesses.
- Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is dedicating $10 million to COVID relief efforts. SVCE is providing immediate financial relief through a $100 bill credit for CARE and FERA customers and a $250 bill credit for impacted small businesses. SVCE is also delivering an online all-electric training program for the contractor workforce to expand their knowledge on electric technologies and receive a $500 stipend upon completion. In addition, the community resilience program will advance local clean energy job creation and improve air quality by allocating $5 million to support regional energy resilience projects including preparation for power supply shutoff events. Learn more about these programs here.
- Sonoma Clean Power has made donations to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Community Foundation of Mendocino County, and Santa Rosa-based Rotary groups, organizing lunches to benefit unemployed hospitality workers, prepared by local restaurants.
- Valley Clean Energy is contributing $2,500 to the Yolo Food Bank.
California’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs are fully operational. If you are unable to pay your electricity bill as a result of COVID-19’s impact, your power will not be shutoff. Please contact your local CCA program with any questions or concerns. You can find phone numbers and website addresses for California’s 21 operational CCA programs below: