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Stop CPUC From Undermining Community Choice!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Update as of 12:30 10/11/18:  The Commissioners voted unanimously for the Alternate Proposed Decision, sadly.

Community Choice is providing important benefits to our communities, including getting California to 100% renewables faster and faster.  Send a letter to show support before the vote the morning of Oct. 11th.

Send a letter before the vote around 10:30 am.

Community Choice is threatened by unpredictable, never-ending charges.  The Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) is an on-going fee imposed by the CPUC. It is levied by Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) on customers of Community Choice energy programs whose ratepayers have departed the IOU’s and are no longer going to getting their energy generated from contracts the IOU’s have agreed to.  As presently calculated, the PCIA goes on indefinitely — saddling Community Choice customers with bills for IOU electricity they will never use.

The CPUC is considering revisions to the PCIA. One of the proposals would significantly undermine Community Choice. We believe this action is counter to Legislative intent — When they created Community Choice through AB 117 in 2002, the Legislature didn’t authorize the CPUC and IOUs to keep finding new ways to put Community Choice entities out of business or new ones from being able to start up.

Help Us Fight this Action!  The letter below goes to California legislators with Community Choice programs in their districts. It requests them to require the CPUC to comply with AB 117.

More specifically, we want your legislators and the CPUC to Oppose the “Alternate Proposed Decision”. Community Choice programs can live with the “Proposed Decision”.  For more info and details on both of these proposals, more background and current status, you can go to  HERE

350 Bay Area is an active legal Party in the rule-making at the CPUC on PCIA since 2017 and have submitted our comments in favor of the Proposed Decision, rather than the Alternate Proposed Decision which gives the IOU’s pretty much all they wanted.  There is a slightly revised Alternate Proposed Decision posted on CPUC website on Oct. 5th which we are also opposed to. We will continue to fight in this rule-making for what is best for ratepayers who join Community Choice Energy programs.

Now, let’s send these letters!

You can also show up at the CPUC Headquarters at the meeting that starts at 9:30 am – The items at #’s 37 and 37A on the agenda.  You need to put in a request to speak at the meeting before it begins and speak at the beginning if you wish to speak on the items. Do not identify self as being from 350 Bay Area though as we have already submitted our comments.  You can say you are a ratepayer or from another group other than a Community Choice Energy program which are also parties to this rule-making.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am
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CPUC Headquarters
505 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, 94102
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