Certain California Residents will See Increases in their Utility Bills


The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided to revise the fee for certain utility customers across the state.

On Thursday, the CPUC said the revised fee called Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) will affect Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Direct Access customers. These California residents will see increases in their future utility bills.

According to the Commission, CCA and Direct Access customers located in PG&E’s territory will see around 1.68 percent increase in their utility bills. Such customers located on Edison and SDG&E’s territories will see an increase of 2.5 percent and 5.24 percent, respectively.

The PCIA is composed of financial obligations incurred by the utility companies on behalf of customers to build power plants. It also ensures that Californians who remain as PG&E, Edison, and SDG&E customers will not pay the costs incurred by the companies on behalf departing customers who joined CCA or Direct Access providers.

Three California Mayors slam CPUC

The Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland criticized the CPUC’s decision as a “severe blow to California ratepayers and the state’s environmental goals.”