Utility Watchdog in San Diego

Medical Baseline Allowance

If you have a medical device that uses electricity, SDG&E has a medical baseline allowance that provides additional energy for the appliance at the baseline electricity rate. Anyone with a medical need can apply for medical baseline allowance.

Residential consumers usually receive approximately a baseline allowance and any additional energy is billed at a higher, non-baseline rate. If you have a medical device, the baseline allowance can be increased up to 16.5 kilowatt hours per day (about 500 kWh per month). This is not a rebate or a discount. To qualify, you or a full-time resident of your home must meet one of the following requirements:

Require permanent space heating or air conditioning as a parapalegic, quadriplegic, hemiplegic, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma patient, or have a compromised immune system or a life threatening illness.

Require one of the following devices:

  • Hemodialysis Machines
  • Electric Nerve Stimulators
  • Electrostatic Nebulizers
  • Utrasonic Nebulizers
  • Kidney Dialysis Machine
  • Motorized Wheelchair
  • Respirators
  • Apnea Monitors
  • Compressors
  • Pressure Pumps
  • IPPB Machines
  • Iron Lungs
  • Suction Machine
  • Pressure Pads


If you have any questions, call us at 619/696-6966. If you  would like an application, call SDG&E at (800-411-7343). In order to process your application, you will also need a letter from a doctor, verifying the medical condition that requires the appliance. Remember, send the application and the letter by certified mail.

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