CPUC Rejects Plea for PCIA/Exit Fee Relief

Dear LEAN Members, CCA Supporters and Friends,
Our efforts at the CPUC this morning yielded disappointing results with a 4-1 vote (Sandoval in opposition) to approve the proposed decision increasing the 2016 Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) by an uprecedented 95%.  This outcome was not a big surprise but disappointing nonetheless. The Commission did, however, agree to include additional parties in the next phase of the ERRA proceeding (having previoulsy rejected them) and hold a workshop on the PCIA issue, tentatively scheduled for February 16, 2016. More on that as plans develop.
On the plus side, the press conference and public comment period were a success and covered by a number of regional and statewide news outlets.  Commissioner Florio, the assigned Commissioner to this case, received a deluge of letters and e-mails which did not go unnoticed by the Commission. More than 50 people showed up for the press conference and hundreds expressed their concern through correspondence and during public open time. Thank you so much!
Our hope is that the February workshop will yield some positive results for long-term PCIA reform. But hope springs eternal, and we expect that any reforms will be modest at best. Legislative action may be required.
In an e-mail earlier today, Beth Kelly, Legal Director of MCE said it best: “We’ve lost this battle, but with your continued support, we hope to win the war.”  We couldn’t do this work without all of you and we are grateful for your steadfast participation.
Onward and stay tuned…today wasn’t the last word on utility exit fees.
A few photos from today’s event:
Ratha Lai_ Sierra Club
Ratha Lai, Sierra Club
Shawn Marshall_ LEAN
Shawn Marshall, LEAN Energy US
Tom Butt_ Richmond Mayor
Richmond Mayor, Tom Butt
Geof Syphers_ Sonoma Clean Power
Woody Hastings, Center for Climate Protection
Lane Sharman, San Diego Energy District Foundation
Francesca Vietor_ SF Water Sewer
Francesca Vietor, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
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