2022 California Arrearage Payment Program

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​The 2022 California Arrearage Payment Program (CAPP) offers financial assistance for California residential energy utility customers to help reduce past due energy bill balances that increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Established by Governor Newsom and the California Legislature in the 2022 State Budget and administered by the Department of Community Services and Development (CSD), 2022 CAPP dedicates up to $1.2 billion to address Californian's energy debts.

Energy utility customers do not need to apply to receive assistance under the CAPP program. If a residential customer account is eligible, a credit will be automatically applied to the customer's bill. Energy utilities apply for CAPP assistance on behalf of customers who incurred a past due balance on their energy bill during the COVID-19 pandemic relief period covering March 4, 2020 through December 31, 2021.

2022 CAPP funding was allocated to participating state energy utilities on November 22, 2022. Energy utilities are required to apply ​2022 CAPP bill credits to their residential customer accounts within 60 days of receiving funds.  ​

​2021 CAPP​

​The 2021 CAPP program committed $1 billion in financial assistance for California energy utility customers to help reduce past due energy bill balances accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic relief period covering March 4 , 2020 through June 15, 2021.


​2022 PROGRAM DETAILS​

As specified under California Govern​​ment Code Sectio​​​ns 16429.8 through 16429.10 energy utilities are to prioritize 2022 CAPP assistance to eligible customer accounts in the following order:

  1. Active residential customers with past due bills and who, absent the 2022 CAPP assistance or any other protection or assistance provided by the utility applicant, might be subject to service disconnection, consistent with current law, due to nonpayment of balances incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic bill relief period.
  2. Active residential customers with past due bills incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic bill relief period.

CSD is implementing CAPP through the release of CAPP Program Notices​. Subscribe to CSD's email updates to be notified when new CAPP Program Notices are released.​

CUSTOMER PROTECTIONS

Government Code Section 16429.10 requires energy utilities that receive a 2022 CAPP allocation to provide the following customer protections:

  • Between the time when an energy utility applicant submits its 2022 CAPP application and the department completes the disbursement of CAPP allocations to all utility applicants, a utility applicant shall not discontinue service due to nonpayment by those residential customers with arrearages accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic bill relief period.
  • No disconnections of a 2022 CAPP rec​ipient's utility service are allowed, regardless of balance owed after applying a CAPP benefit, for 90 days after a 2022 CAPP benefit is applied.
  • Customers that received a 2022 CAPP benefit and have a remaining balance after that benefit is applied must be notified of the option to enter into an extended payment plan with late fees and penalties waived.
  • Any associated late fees and accrued interest for customers that are awarded CAPP benefits shall be waived.​​

​PROGRAM NOTICES​




​​​RESOURCES

​In order for eligible energy utilities to receive payment of a 2022 CAPP allocation, a Payee Data Record (STD 204) and, in some cases,​ a Payee Data Record Supplement (STD 205) must be on file with CSD. Customers do not need to apply to receive assistance under the CAPP program. Only eligible energy utilities​ may need to fill out a Payee Data Record. These forms will be accessible through the 2022 CAPP Portal once it is live; however, energy utilities may access these forms via the following links:



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