On December 17, 2015 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 4-1 (Sandoval in opposition) to increase the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) exit fee by an unprecedented 95%, making the PG&E exit fee almost the highest it has ever been. This would result in an average MCE customer paying $156 per year and in total would result in approximately $36 million being collected by PG&E from MCE customers in 2016. This increase was approved, despite overwhelming statewide advocacy urging the CPUC to limit the fee.
The CPUC will hold a workshop on PCIA calculations on March 8, 2016.
J. Revenue Decoupling
I. Community Solar
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015
“What if everyone, absolutely everyone, could own their own solar panels?”
H. California Net Metering
monday, november 3, 2014
The solar industry and the state’s utilities disagree over just what impact net metering has on electricity rates, utility costs and grid operations.
G. Texas Retail Electricity Market
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
Electricity deregulation allows multiple companies to compete for business in an electric market, but some argue that the system implemented in Texas in 2002 has led to higher prices for consumers.
E. Community Choice Aggregation
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
Procures renewable sources of electricity and partners with a utility to distribute energy to local communities, You get all the advantages of cleaner, greener, healthier energy consumption AND all of the advantages of the established, experienced energy provider.
D. Wholesale Electricity Markets
Regulatory market to create competition can also hamper smart grid development. The rules force separation of supply, wholesale transmission, and retail distribution functions. But all those areas need to coordinate to optimize smart grid planning and data usage.