(From press release) No one expected to see days quite like this. And for some of us, it’s beginning to feel as though we’ll have a tough time keeping our heads above water as our economies and paychecks adjust to this pandemic.
That’s why Valley Clean Energy representatives want to be sure that local residents are aware of the discounted electricity programs PG&E offers to income-qualified customers, even those who are Valley Clean Energy customers.
For example, the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) discount from PG&E is open to all eligible customers of VCE. Those who qualify to enroll in the FERA program could end up paying much less to stay warm through a chilly spring and cool this summer.
“We want to be sure that our customers know about this discount and take advantage of it, if their income meets the requirements,” says Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, who chairs the VCE board of directors.
“The FERA discount is available to all eligible PG&E customers, including those who choose to receive service from a community choice energy program such as Valley Clean Energy,” adds Dan Carson, a Davis City Council member and VCE board vice-chair.
FERA offers a monthly discount of 18 percent on electricity for households with three or more people, if they meet stated income guidelines. The discount remains in place for two years, and participants are reminded when it is time to renew.
FERA enrollment is done online; proof of income is not required during the application process but PG&E will randomly select customers to provide such proof later.
“We know that families are always looking for ways to save on their monthly household expenses, especially now,” says VCE Interim General Manager Mitch Sears. “The FERA program is a great way to do so.”
For more information and to apply, visit https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/save-energy-money/help-paying-your-bill/longer-term-assistance/care/care.page
About VCE: Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit public agency formed in June 2018 to provide electrical generation service to customers in Woodland, Davis, and the unincorporated areas of Yolo County. The city of Winters is VCE’s newest member. VCE’s mission is to source cost-competitive clean electricity while providing product choice, price stability, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emission reductions and reinvestment in the communities we serve.