Press Release: Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) Reform Must Protect Electricity Customers from Cost-Shifts as Required by Law

SACRAMENTO— Senior, low-income, business, veterans’ and other groups today reminded the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that protecting electricity customers from cost-shifts associated with Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is not only required by law but key to the long-term viability of customer choice.

Members of Equitable Energy Choice for California (EECC) today submitted a letter to CPUC Commissioners in response to the ongoing proceeding to reform the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA). The CPUC opened the proceeding to evaluate potential changes to the PCIA and a decision is expected in this summer.

“We appreciate the CPUC’s ongoing efforts to ensure long-term investments made in clean energy and system reliability are equitably shared by all electricity customers regardless of who provides their power,” said Gary Passmore, President of Congress of California Seniors.”

When the Legislature authorized communities to form CCAs to take over power purchasing responsibilities from investor-owned utilities, the law required that electricity customers be protected from cost-shifting.  Testimony submitted during this ongoing proceeding reaffirms that the current PCIA is not effectively protecting customers.

“As California’s energy market continues to evolve, no electricity customer, particularly those who are already struggling to make ends meet, should be forced to pay extra in their bills for clean energy and system reliability investments made on behalf of other customers,” said Julian Cañete, President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.”

“We are encouraging the CPUC to craft a solution to eliminate cost-shifts while protecting customer choice. Everyone has benefited from investments in clean energy and everyone should continue to contribute equitably to those costs.”

Equitable Energy Choice for Californians (EECC) was formed last year to support regulatory and policy changes to ensure bundled service utility customers are not paying more than their share for clean energy and other power purchased for customers now being served by CCAs and other energy providers.