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ALJ/TRP/jt2 Date of Issuance 3/15/2010
Decision 10-03-022 March 11, 2010
BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Rulemaking regarding whether, or subject to what Conditions, the suspension of Direct Access may be lifted consistent with Assembly Bill 1X and Decision 01-09-060.
(Filed May 24, 2007)
Table of Contents
Appendix 1 - Authorized Increases in Caps on Direct Access Transaction by Service Territory
Appendix 2 - Adopted Enrollment Procedures for the Phase-In Period
Appendix 3 - Adopted Temporary Treatment for Local Resource Adequacy Obligations During Direct Access Reopening
DECISION REGARDING INCREASED LIMITS
FOR DIRECT ACCESS TRANSACTIONS
By this decision, we authorize and implement a plan for increased limits in the allowed level of direct access (DA) transactions within the service territories of California's three major investor-owned electric utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric.
The authorization for increased limits in DA transactions is implemented in accordance with the provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 695 (Stats. 2009, ch. 337). Among other issues, SB 695 amends the previously effective suspension of DA, and requires the Commission to authorize increases in the maximum kilowatt-hour limit on DA transactions. Effective April 11, 2010, all qualifying customers will be eligible to take DA service, up to the new maximum cap subject to the conditions as set forth herein. The increased DA allowances shall be phased in over a four-year period, subject to annual caps in the maximum DA increase allowed each year. DA remains suspended, except as provided by this decision implementing SB 695. Existing rules and processes currently in place for DA service shall remain in place, except for changes specified herein as necessary to implement the provisions of SB 695.
This decision only addresses those implementation issues that must be resolved in order to begin the process of new enrollments of DA load effective April 11, 2010. Additional issues that relate to SB 695 implementation will be addressed expeditiously in a subsequent decision.