California Energy Markets
Community choice aggregators and others are opposing a request by investor-owned utilities to shift the allocation of costs for certain renewable-energy contracts from IOU customers to departing customers.
CCAs, Shell Energy North America and Alliance for Retail Energy Markets told state regulators they oppose the Feb. 11 petition by two IOUs regarding contracts for the Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff, or ReMAT, program. Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison filed the petition for modification with the California Public Utilities Commission, saying there are cost-allocation inequities around the contracts.
The California Community Choice Association in March 15 comments told the CPUC it is concerned about continued eroding of the PCIA methodology by shifting IOU costs onto departing customers. The IOUs’ customers would retain the prime benefits of the contracts, including resource-adequacy and RPS attributes, CalCCA said.
“To ask all customers to pay the costs of the resources without sharing equally in the benefit effectuates a cost shift from bundled to departing load customers,” CalCCA said, asking the CPUC to reject the petition.