Power Charge Indifference Adjustment

Public Utility Code Sections 366.1 and 366.2 require the CPUC to make sure that customers leaving the utility do not burden remaining utility customers with costs which were incurred to serve them. To ensure customer indifference, CCAs and Direct Access, or “departing load” customers are required to pay a power charge indifference adjustment (PCIA). These departing load customers currently represent greater than percent of load in PG&E, SCE and SDG&E territory. Without the PCIA, the remaining utility customers would need to assume costs that the IOUs incurred in anticipation of serving the customers that now receive electric service from a CCA or Direct Access. 


Current PCIA Regulatory Activity 
  • 2020 True-up and Forecast 2021 Market Price Benchmarks
  • 2019 True-Up and Forecast 2020 Market Price Benchmarks
  • The current rulemaking for PCIA is R.17-06-026
  • DecisionD.18-10-019 Modifying the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment Methodology outline the current calculations required for the PCIA charges(D.19-04-003 corrects a error in D.18-10-09)
  • DecisionD.19-10-001 Refining the Method to Develop and True Up Market Price Benchmarks further refines the calculations developed in the D.18-10-019. 
  • Decision D.20-08-004 Adopting a Framework and Evaluation Criteria for the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment Prepayment Agreements which provided a methodology in which a CCA on behalf of their customers or a DA customer could pre-pay their PCIA obligations as opposed to an ongoing obligation.


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