Throughout the month of August, all Irvine residents are scheduled to receive a notice that on October 1st, they will be transferred from their current provider of electricity — Southern California Edison (SCE) — and automatically enrolled in the new Orange County Power Authority (OCPA), at a higher monthly rate.
OCPA was created by a vote of the previous Irvine City Council at the urging of then-Councilmember and now-Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmembers Anthony Kuo and Mike Carroll. (Carroll chairs the six-member OCPA board and Khan is also a board member.)
The new agency was originally promoted by Khan, Kuo and Carroll with the promise that OCPA would provide all Irvine businesses and households with electricity from “cleaner” renewable sources at a lower cost than SCE provides.
However, rate schedules released by OCPA earlier this year show that Irvine customers will be paying more for electricity under the new OCPA plan. In fact, Irvine business customers that were switched to OCPA last spring are now paying 5% to 12% more for their electricity. And, the OCPA board recently approved a 2022-23 budget that includes even higher electricity rates for all Irvine customers, beginning in January 2023.
If you or your business would like to “opt-down” to a renewable energy tier lower than 100%, or “opt-out” of OCPA entirely and remain with SCE (where you can choose the same renewable energy tier at a lower price than OCPA), you can do so via the OCPA website or you can call (866) 262-7693 and use the automated system.
When calling OCPA, you will need to have your SCE bill so that you can enter your customer account number (located in the upper left corner of the bill). And, be sure to press the # sign after entering your account number.