On October 6, 2022, California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice) received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to proceed with launching a Disadvantaged Community Green Tariff (DAC-GT) Program for three associate members. The program, funded by the CPUC, will offer eligible customers in disadvantaged communities 100% renewable energy and a 20% total bill discount.
“We are thrilled that Lancaster Energy, Pico Rivera Innovative Municipal Energy and San Jacinto Power will soon launch a joint DAC-GT program,” said Executive Director Jason Caudle. “The innovative program will ensure that disadvantaged communities are not left behind as California transitions to clean energy.”
The purpose of the joint agreement is to improve access to renewable energy for residential customers living in disadvantaged communities. Disadvantaged communities are identified by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Cal EnviroScreen, and are areas throughout California that most suffer from a combination of economic, health, and environmental burdens.
Customers who qualify will be auto-enrolled in the DAC-GT Program. To qualify for the joint DAC-GT program, customers must first qualify for one of the following low-income programs: California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA). Once signed up for the DAC-GT Program, qualifying customers will receive 100% renewable energy at the same price as their CCA’s default rate, with a 20% discount in addition to any discounts received through CARE and FERA. The program will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.
CalChoice will provide oversight during the implementation process. The joint CCAs will begin enrollment activities in late summer, 2023.