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Understanding Your Commercial PCIA Fees

What Is PG&E’s Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) Fee?

PG&E’s Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) fee is an “exit fee” charged to CCA customers as authorized by state law. This fee is charged on a “per Kilowatt-hour” (per kWh) basis. You will find the PCIA fee on each month’s bill. PG&E is authorized to recover the difference in value between energy resources already contracted by PG&E before the shrinking of its customer base due to the popular adoption of Community Choice Aggregators, like Pioneer Community Energy. PG&E uses what is known as a “Vintage Year” to determine this difference.

What is Vintage Year?

The Vintage Year is typically the year that your community made the decision to join a CCA, like Pioneer. The Vintage Year is identified by PG&E. Placer County has Vintage Years that range from 2017 through 2022, depending on the geographic area and start of CCA service. El Dorado County has Vintage Years of 2021 and 2022. Future customers may have different Vintage Years.

What Is Your Specific PCIA Fee?

Rate 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
B1 or B6
The rate table above was updated on June 1, 2022.

For customers with another rate tariff or another vintage year, please visit PG&E’s Rate Tariff Webpage.

To determine your applicable PCIA, please look at your PG&E bill. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to call the Pioneer offices at (916) 758-8969.

What Is Pioneer Doing About the PG&E PCIA Fees?

Pioneer is the community voice and customer advocate. We are working toward protecting our customers’ right to choose energy providers, gaining more transparency in PG&E PCIA fees and advancing legislation that benefits our communities at the state level and with PG&E. Pioneer Community Energy continues to challenge the PG&E PCIA fee methodology by:

  • Engaging with the Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) across the state, through the California Community Choice Association, to reduce PG&E PCIA fees.
  • Requesting that the CPUC make public the data that PG&E uses to create the various PCIA “exit fees.”
  • Eliminating PG&E Utility-Owned Generation from the PCIA calculations.

If you have any further questions about PCIA fees, Vintage Years or energy-saving questions, please contact your Pioneer team atinfo@pioneercommunityenergy.org or call (916) 758-8969.  

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