Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Buena Park Commercial Customers Automatically Switched from SoCal Edison to OC Power Authority on April 1. Last Day To Opt Out Today.

The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) is automatically opting-in all commercial customers in the participating cities of Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Buena Park on April 1, 2022, from Southern California Edison (SCE). The last day for commercial customers to opt-down or opt-out is today by calling 1-866-262-7693.

Residential customers will automatically be switched over from SCE to OPCA on October 1, 2022. Residential customers can opt-down or opt-out in August 2022.

There were three tiers of rates the participating cities could choose from. Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Buena Park chose the 100% renewable tier as the default option, which is depending on the size of the business is 6.2% – 7.3% higher than SCE’s rates. Fullerton chose the Smart Choice (69% renewable).

Rates for Large Commercial Customers with the 100% renewable energy choice tier will be seeing a 7.3% increase from SCE rates.

Rates for Medium Commercial Customers with the 100% renewable energy choice tier will be seeing a 7.2% increase from SCE rates.

Rates for Small Commercial Customers with the 100% renewable energy choice tier will be seeing a 6.2% increase from SCE rates.

The OCPA notified the Irvine City Council that four notices would be sent to all commercial customers prior to the April 1, 2022 launch. The first postcard was to be mailed out on February 7, 2022. The second was supposed to be issued on March 7, 2022. However, from an informal survey on the Irvine Watchdog Facebook group, it appears most businesses did not receive even one notification.

Rates for Residential Customers

Residents in the participating cities of Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, and Buena Park, will be automatically switched over from SCE to OCPA on October 1, 2022. Residents can choose to opt-down or opt-out in August. Irvine residents will see a projected 5.6% increase from SCE’s rates.