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CCA Workshop: PCIA and Aggregated Feasibility Study

October 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sustain OC Presents…

CCA Workshop & Reception: PCIA and Aggregated Feasibility Study

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Registration: 3:00 – 3:30
Program: 3:30 – 5:00
Reception: 5:00 – 6:00

The Cove at UC Irvine Applied Innovation
5141 California Ave, Suite 250, Irvine CA 92617


The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is currently embroiled in a contentious effort to reform the amount that Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Direct Access customers pay in order to keep remaining utility customers financially unaffected by their departure.

This recovery of costs, primarily related paying above-market prices for renewable energy power to help incentivize clean power producers, is required by the legislation that has enabled the formation of CCAs.

The costs recovery mechanism, known as a Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA), ensures that customers who remain with an investor-owned utility such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, or San Diego Gas & Electric, do not end up taking on the long-term financial obligations the utility incurred on behalf of customers who departed the utility to become customers of a Community Choice Aggregator or Direct Access provider. It also creates assurances that departing customers will not take on costs that were not incurred on their behalf. Examples of such financial obligations include utility expenditures to build power plants and, more commonly, long-term power purchase contracts with independent power producers.

The CPUC is scheduled to vote on October 11th on two competing proposals that would reform the PCIA. The CCA Roundtable panel will discuss the outcome of the CPUC’s decision and the anticipated effects it will have on CCAs forming in Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) territories.

The details of the data sources being utilized and the parameters for calculating PCIA charges is being fiercely debated by stakeholders on all sides of the issues related to the formation of CCAs and their ongoing operation. There are vastly different assessments as to what should be considered to be a fair and equitable PCIA charge structure that complies with CCA formation legislation.

Sustain OC, at the forefront of education and collaboration in addressing issues and challenges facing the formation of CCAs in Southern California, is hosting this workshop to explore the various viewpoints as to what constitutes a fair and equitable PCIA calculation. The discussion will also focus on solutions to the PCIA issue that will minimize concerns that it might become a roadblock to CCA formations throughout California.

Finally, we will discuss Sustain OC’s plan to offer an aggregated feasibility study.


Welcome and Introductions
Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain OC

CCA Update – Competing Decisions and Final Order
Ryan Baron, Of Counsel, Best, Best & Krieger

What the Final Order Means for CCAs
Gary Saleba, President & CEO, EES Consulting

What Will this New PCIA Look Like on Your Bill
Drake Welch, VP Customer Care, Calpine Solutions

How CCA’s Add Value with Other Customer Programs
Vitaly Lee, EVP Development, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects
Craig Perkins, President & Executive Director, Energy Coalition

Sustain OC’s Aggregated Feasibility Study
Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain OC

Q&A and Discussion
Howard Choy (moderator)

Adjournment and Reception

This is a Sustain OC member and Sustain OC strategic partners invitation-only event
For additional information and assistance registering, Email info@sustainoc.org or phone 949.509.9300


October 23, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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