Community Choice Regulation
Community Choice Regulatory Issues
Although Community Choice agencies are only “lightly” regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission, there are substantial regulatory issues that frequently require attention from those defending and advocating for Community Choice.
Proceedings that have bearing on Community Choice include:
– Energy Resource Recovery Account (This is where PCIA issues are addressed)
– Energy Storage Mandate (AB 2514 Implementation)
– Cost Allocation Mechanism
– Renewable Portfolio Standard
– Resource Adequacy
Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)
In 2016 and early 2017 a PCIA Working group was convened to bring CCA and IOU stakeholders together to discuss the PCIA. The results of the Working Group were published on April 5, 2017 and are:
The following paper describes the “Power Charge Indifference Adjustment.” The PCIA is an “exit fee” imposed on Community Choice energy customers by utilities, intended to ensure that customers remaining with the utility do not experience any cost increases resulting from the departure of the Community Choice customers.
The following paper describes the program offered by PG&E in their service territory that offers a new choice about how their energy is procured.