The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a Staff Report Providing Recommendations on the Schedule to Reopen Direct Access, and Ruling scheduling comments on the Staff Report. The Staff Report, authorized in 2018 by Senate Bill 237 (Hertzberg), is the next step toward reopening expanded customer access to direct access, which allows procurement of electricity from third party electricity service providers (ESPs) instead of the local electric utility. SB 237 required the CPUC to increase the cap on the amount of demand that can be served by ESPs, and provide recommendations to the California Legislature on implementing further expansion of DA, including the phase-in period over which DA will be made available for all remaining non-residential customer accounts in each utility’s service territory. The Staff Report recommends the following:
Prior to Further DA Reopening:
Staff recommends that reopening be conditioned on ESPs’ demonstrated compliance with existing obligations to:
Recommended Schedule if DA is Reopened:
If the Legislature directs further reopening of non-residential DA, the legislation should allow the CPUC to:
Recommendations for Legislative Action:
If the Legislature establishes a schedule to reopen DA to all non-residential customers, the Staff Report recommends legislative actions to ensure that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reliability and cost shifting provisions of SB 237 are met:
Parties are invited to file formal comments and reply comments on the Staff Report recommendations.Opening comments are due October 16, 2020. Reply comments are due October 26, 2020.
After reviewing the Staff Report and comments, the CPUC will issue a proposed decision for further comment and vote.
Contact: Lynn Haug or Andy Brown