News release: 25% Discount on Electric Bills for Santa Clara Residents Impacted by COVID-19
Santa Clarans can support neighbors suffering financially through the Help Your Neighbor program
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – On Thursday, April 16, Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor announced that the City of Santa Clara’s electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, will expand their rate assistance program to include those residents who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order.
“Many of our community members are struggling financially as this public health emergency affects their livelihoods,” said Mayor Gillmor. “Providing a 25% discount off electric bills to qualified residents will help those who are struggling to get by. We’re continuing to explore ways to help the city mitigate the COVID-19 crisis over the long haul.”
Silicon Valley Power already provides a rate assistance program that provides a 25% discount off the electric portion of the municipal utilities bill for qualified Santa Clara residents meeting certain financial or medical criteria. With the unprecedented effects of COVID-19, Silicon Valley Power is adding an additional 25% rate assistance program for residents who are financially impacted during this public health emergency.
“We understand the hardships and challenges that this pandemic has caused for many in our community,” said Manuel Pineda, Chief Utility Officer and Assistant City Manager “We will continue to think of creative and innovative ways to help our city get through this historical time.”
For program details and to apply for the discount, visit SiliconValleyPower.com/COVID19ElectricRelief.
Help Your Neighbor with Utility Bills Program
In addition, Santa Clara residents can help their neighbors who are struggling to pay their utility bills through the Help Your Neighbor program. The program allows the public to donate funds that will help their neighbors pay their utility bills.
To donate, make checks payable to the City of Santa Clara, write “Help Your Neighbor Program” in the memo line of your check, and send to:
City of Santa Clara
Attention: Finance Department/Help Your Neighbor Program
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
The City will use the donated funds to help residents who are having difficulty paying their utility bills during the pandemic.
Additional COVID-19 Utility Relief Efforts
Other recent actions by the City to minimize coronavirus-related financial impacts include a suspension on all water and power shutoffs due to non-payment. Residents will also receive a one-time $30 energy efficiency credit on all residential electric bills. No action is needed to receive this credit.
For more information about the City’s COVID-19 emergency response, visit SantaClaraCa.gov/CoronavirusUpdates.
About the City of Santa Clara
Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with an estimated population of 129,498. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and SB50. For more information, go to SantaClaraCA.gov.
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is the trademark adopted for use by the not‑for‑profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA, serving residents and businesses for over 120 years. SVP provides power to nearly 55,000 customers, at rates 25 to 48 percent below neighboring communities. SVP is the only full-service, vertically integrated publicly owned utility in Silicon Valley, owning generation, transmission and distribution assets. See more at: SiliconValleyPower.com.
Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Public Benefits Program Manager
Lenka Wright, Director of Communications