New Rate Options for SDCEA Customers

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) has enacted two rates that may be of money-saving benefit to consumers on our system who qualify. If you are interested in switching to one of these rates, please call our office. Consumers will stay on your existing rate unless you request to be placed in another rate class and fill out necessary paperwork to make that change.

Time-of-Day Rate (Rate Schedule 7, Rate 60)

This rate benefits the consumer who can control or alter their energy use patterns to ensure they use less energy during on-peak times, or the hours of 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. These are times when energy is more in demand, more expensive and, therefore, SDCEA is charged more for energy on our system from our wholesale power supplier.

Consumers who opt for this rate can save a large amount on their distribution services costs if they are very vigilant about not using electricity during peak hours. However, consumers who are on the TOD rate and use electricity during peak hours are charged a higher Distribution Services Rate of 19.826 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), compared to SDCEA’s general service residential Distribution Services Rate of 5.941 cents per kWh. In contrast, the off-peakhours Distribution Services Rate is 2.426 per kWh. The Energy Charge for all hours is 4.574 cents per kWh, which is the same as our general service Energy Rate.

The TOD rate is a great choice for consumers with electric vehicles who can charge during off-peak hours between 10 p.m. and 5 p.m. the following day. Electric vehicle consumers on the TOD rate will be able to take advantage of SDCEA’s lower rates during this time frame.

Current TOD Consumers (Formerly Referred to as Time of Use)

New on-peak hours are now 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (not 4 to 10 p.m.). This change provides an extra non-peak hour during the day, so you may want to reprogram appliances (if applicable) to take advantage of this extra hour.

Residential Heating Season Declining Block Rate (Rate Schedule 10, Rate 102)

Homes heated with electricity and not with gas or propane qualify for this rate. The home must also have an electric water heater. A representative from SDCEA will schedule a time to visit your home to verify your home’s primary space heating source is electric, and that you have an electric water heater. A home that uses less than 1,250 kWh per month in the winter will not benefit from this rate. Charges for summer months are exactly the same as our normal residential rate.