May 14, 2018
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

RE: Support for PCIA Fix (OIR R.17-06-026)
Thank you for your continued efforts to ensure investments made in clean energy and system reliability are equitably shared by all electricity customers. We are writing to express our support for a fix to the outdated regulatory mechanism that is currently forcing some electricity customers to pay for power that was purchased for others.

Today, solar and wind energy are more affordable, technologically advanced and practical because of the significant investments over the past several decades by the state’s three investor-owned utilities (IOUs). These mandated, long-term commitments continue to benefit all Californians through cleaner air and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

When community choice aggregators (CCAs) were authorized by the Legislature (AB 117 Migden, 2002) to take over power purchasing responsibilities from IOUs, the Legislature intended to prevent any cost shifting from customers of alternative providers to bundled customers of IOUs. The Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) was created to do just that.

However, as our state’s energy market continues to evolve, and more customers receive power from alternative energy providers, including CCAs, it has become increasingly clear that today’s mechanism does not prevent shifting of costs from some customers to others as required by law.

As part of your formal proceeding, several diverse parties have submitted proposed changes to the PCIA. As you evaluate the merits of these proposals we encourage you to select a solution that is best able to eliminate cost shifts and ensures that all customers contribute equitably to investments made on their behalf — regardless of who provides their power.

That was clearly the stated intent of the Legislature and is also imperative to protect our state’s ongoing commitment to clean energy and the long-term viability of customer choice.

Sincerely,

Gary Passmore, President
Congress of California Seniors

Ruben Barrales, President
Latino Leadership & Policy Forum

Ruben Barrales, President
Latino Leadership & Policy Forum

Ronald O. Nichols, President
Southern California Edison

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, Vice President, State Government & External Affairs
San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Val Martinez, President
Association of Rural Northern California Energy Providers (ARNCEP)

Edwin T. Tan, Ph.D., Director of Advocacy and Development
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

Robert C. Lapsley, President
California Business Roundtable

Rex Hime, President & CEO
California Business Properties Association

Tracy Hernandez, Founder & CEO
Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)

Ammie Hines, Founder
Another Level for Women

Pao Yang, Executive Director
The Fresno Center

James P. Reber, Executive Director
San Jose Parks Foundation

Al Abdallah, COO
Urban League of San Diego County

Andrew Quiñones, President & CEO
Southern California Services Corps

Michael Brown, Government Affairs Director
The Coalition of Labor, Agriculture & Business, San Luis Obispo County (COLAB)

Dennis J. Huang, Executive Director & CEO
Asian Business Association of Los Angeles

Reverend Gerald W. Brown, Executive Director
United African American Ministerial Action Council

Nicholas Ortiz, President & CEO
Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn Cavecche, President & CEO
Orange County Taxpayers Association

LCDR Art Curtis, Legislative Officer
Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Golden West Department

Stephen Pepe, President
EconAlliance

Blong Xiong, Chair
Asian Business Institute & Resource Center

Letitia Hanke, President & CEO
Lime Foundation

Moe Ammar, President
Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

Alicia Berhow, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
Orange County Business Council

Betty Jo Toccoli, President
California Small Business Association

Alice Huffman, President
California State Conference NAACP

Julian Cañete, President & CEO
California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy
Pacific Gas & Electric

Pat Watts, Chairman
American Association of Blacks in Energy California Chapter

Jose L. Perez, Chairman & CEO
Hispanics In Energy

Jeanne Orcutt, Executive Director
Coastal Energy Alliance

Letitia Hanke, CEO
ARS Roofing, Solar and Electric

Deborah Howard, Secretary
California Senior Advocates League

Shawn Lewis, Policy Director
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

Fred A. Romero, State Commander
American GI Forum of California

Kim May Yamasaki, Executive Director
Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE)

Val Martinez, Executive Director
Redwood Community Action Agency

Letitia Hanke, President
North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce

Mariko Kahn, Executive Director
Pacific Asian Counseling Services

John “Doc” Bart, Adjutant
American Legion – Department of California

Carlos Antonio H. Vaquerano, Executive Director & Founder
The Salvadorian-American Leadership and Educational Fund

Lorraine Plass, State Legislative Chair
AMVETS Department of California

Rasmey Sam, President & CEO
Asian-American Resource Center

Scott Ashton, CEO
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

Brenda Ratliff, Executive Director
Volunteer Center of Kern County

Pilar Pinel, Founder
Embracing Latina Leadership AllianceS (ELLAS)

Whit Peterson, Director of Government Affairs
Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Wanda Love, President & Executive Director
Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Urushima-Conn, President & CEO
Asian Business Association of San Diego

Michael Turnipseed, Executive Director
Kern County Taxpayers Association

Steve Mackey, President
Vietnam Veterans of America California State Council

Fernand Fernandez, Interim President & CEO
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Hector V. Barreto, President, Chairman and CEO
The Latino Coalition

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