California to Hike Fees for Community Choice Aggregators, Direct Access Providers

By [email protected] California regulators have handed investor-owned utilities a victory in their battle over how much community choice aggregators (CCAs) should pay when they take over utility customers. CCAs say the decision will shoulder them with hundreds of millions of dollars in unfair costs. Utilities say it’s needed to avoid leaving their customers to carry an unfair share of the burden.

On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved an alternative proposal, written by Commissioner Carla Peterman, that makes big changes the Power Indifference Adjustment Charge (PCIA). In simple terms, the PCIA is an “exit fee” that CCAs,

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