Irvine Utilities

Find Irvine California utilities. Utilities provide information on public services including electricity (power and light companies), oil and gas (home heating and cooking), waste and sewage companies.

Irvine Ranch Water District 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue Irvine CA 92618 949-453-5300

Michelson Water Reclamation Plant 3512 Michelson Drive Irvine CA 92612 949-476-2854

New Western Energy Corporation 20 Truman Street Irvine CA 92620 949-435-0977

About Irvine Utilities

Irvine Utilities are business enterprises that provide essential public services including electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer services in Irvine, CA. Because of the infrastructure required to deliver services, a monopoly is often the most economical way for an utility service to operate. Irvine Public Utility Companies serve all of the customers for a particular service in Irvine.

You may contact Utilities for questions about:
  • Irvine Utilities billing and payments
  • Sewer rates and water bills
  • Setting up Utilities
  • Power outages
  • Natural gas hookups
Public & Private Utility Companies

Utilities in Irvine, California may be publicly owned enterprises or private companies. In both cases, the primary source of revenue supporting the Utility is user fees paid by customers. In the case of publicly owned Utilities, the assets of the Utility are owned by the Irvine Government Utilities Department, but it operates as a self-sustaining public enterprise supported by its own revenues rather than relying on taxes to fund operations.

Public Utilities Commissions in Irvine, California

In California, Utilities are regulated by the Orange County Public Services Commissions or Public Utilities Commission. Public Services Commissions are necessary when monopolies exist or in cases where competition is very limited, to ensure that Irvine consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services from competent and financially viable companies. Irvine Utilities must receive approval for the rates they charge and they are also required to demonstrate to the Irvine Public Services Commission that they have plans to maintain an infrastructure capable of supporting current and future demand for services.

Electric Utilities

Irvine Electric Utilities are the most likely to function as a hybrid of monopoly and competitive services. Only one system for transmitting and delivering electricity to customers is feasible in a given service area such as Orange County, CA. Therefore, transmission and distribution of electricity operates as a monopoly and customers do not have a choice when selecting their Irvine electric power company. However, the electricity in the Irvine electric grid may come from numerous suppliers.

Water Utilities

Water Utility Services in Irvine provide potable tap water directly to residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional customers through a distribution system.

Sewer Utilities

Irvine Sewer Service Companies receive wastewater from customers via sanitary sewers at a wastewater treatment plant. The Sewer Utility treats the wastewater to reduce pollutants before it is released into Orange County waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Irvine Natural Gas Companies are essentially local distribution companies that deliver natural gas, received from large capacity interstate or intrastate pipelines, to individual customers through small diameter distribution pipelines.