The California Arrearage Payment Program, or CAPP, is a state program to help pay customers’ eligible past due energy utility bills that increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. CAPP reduces qualified customers’ unpaid energy bills by directly applying a credit to their utility bill. Customers do not need to apply for CAPP and assistance will be disbursed by state utility companies electing to participate in CAPP.
CAPP bill credits are a courtesy of the State of California and are targeted to help utility customers that fell behind on their energy bills because of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers may qualify for a CAPP credit if they had an unpaid energy utility bill over 60 days past due incurred between March 4, 2020 and June 15, 2021.
Energy utilities that apply for and receive CAPP funds are responsible for distributing CAPP benefits to eligible utility customers. Customers that qualify for a CAPP benefit will automatically receive a credit on their energy utility bill. The credit is labeled “California Arrearage Payment Program Bill Credit" on Pacific Power bills. Energy utility customers don’t need to apply to receive a CAPP credit. Energy utilities apply on behalf of all eligible customers. Eligibility for a CAPP benefit and the amount of a bill credit will vary depending on the utility and program rules.
Under CAPP, Pacific Power is required to offer payment plans to customers with a remaining balance after a CAPP benefit has been applied to their account. Contact us anytime at 1-888-221-7070 to learn about payment plans and other programs that may be available to help you pay your bill and reduce your energy costs.
In addition to CAPP, the State of California may also be able to help through the following programs:
CAPP provides a number of consumer protections for customers that are eligible to receive a CAPP benefit. Utilities that apply for CAPP funding are required to:
Find out more about the California Arrearage Payment Program.