Direct Access - Electricity

Direct Access (DA) Open Enrollment Status
January 15, 2016

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is not currently accepting Electric Form No. 79-1117, Six Month Notice to Transfer to Direct Access Service (Six Month Notice). PG&E's Overall DA Load Cap, 9,520 GWh, is fully subscribed. Please see below for the upcoming 2015 DA Lottery opportunity.

2014 DA Lottery

PG&E has completed the 2014 DA Lottery which established the 2015 DA Wait List; the "wait-listed" customers and submitters of Six Month Notices have been notified.  By the 15th of each month, PG&E will determine if there is any available DA load under the Overall DA Load Cap, as of the last day of the prior month. If DA load becomes available, PG&E will notify the first customer on the 2015 DA Wait List (2015 Wait List) and provide the necessary information for completing the transfer to Direct Access. The 2015 Wait List will remain in effect until December 31, 2015. On January 1, 2016, the new 2016 DA Wait List (2016 Wait List) becomes effective for all accepted and “wait-listed” customers from the 2015 DA Lottery. Information on how to submit Six Month Notices for the 2015 DA Lottery can be found below.

2015 DA Lottery

Per the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Decision (D.) 12-12-026 dated December 20, 2012, PG&E will hold its second “Annual DA Lottery” to establish a new 2016 Wait List for customers who wish to transfer to DA Service in 2016 should DA load become available.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Monday, June 8, 2015, PG&E will begin accepting Six Month Notices. PG&E will stop accepting Six Month Notices at 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, June 12, 2015. Unlike prior DA open enrollment windows, this lottery enrollment process is not on a first-come, first-served basis and there are no advantages to submitting multiple Six Month Notices for the same Service Agreement Identification Number (SA ID). All duplicate submissions or submissions received outside of these dates/times will be rejected.

Accepted Six Month Notices will be entered into a lottery to determine their random numerical position on the 2016 Wait List for space that may become available under PG&E’s Overall DA Load Cap in 2016. The 2016 Wait List will remain in effect until December 31, 2016. For more information on how to submit a Six Month Notice or more detail on the lottery process, please see: 2015 Direct Access (DA) Lottery.

DA Background

DA is an option that allows eligible customers to purchase their electric commodity directly from third party Electric Service Providers (ESPs).  PG&E will continue to provide the delivery service for electricity purchased through ESPs. Prior to April 2010, DA had not been available to new customers in California since the Legislature suspended the program in September 2001 during the California Energy Crisis.

The CPUC issued D.10-03-022 on March 11, 2010, which implemented Senate Bill (SB) 695. SB 695, signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in October 2009, provided for a limited reopening of the DA market for only non-residential customers beginning in April 2010. Subsequently, the CPUC issued D.10-05-039 on May 20, 2010, which extended the Year 1 Open Enrollment Window (OEW) from April 16, 2010 to July 15, 2010, and changed the start of the Year 2 OEW for 2011 DA Load to July 16, 2010.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions

Details on DA Reopening

Under the Limited DA Reopening rules, non-residential customers may enroll in DA up to a maximum allowable annual limit (measured in gigawatt-hours) during an annual OEW on a first-come, first-served basis up to the annual DA Load Cap as defined in D.10-03-022. PG&E's DA load was permitted to increase in phases over a four-year period from the then current (November 2009) DA load of 5,574 GWh to a new total DA load of 9,520 GWh.

The approximate annual DA load increases permitted by D.10-03-022 are:
  • Year 1 (April - December 2010): Up to 35% of the room available under the cap (1,381 GWh)
  • Year 2 (2011): Up to 70% of the room available under the cap (an additional 1,381 GWh)
  • Year 3 (2012): Up to 90 % of the room available under the cap (an additional 789 GWh)
  • Year 4 (2013): Up to 100% of the room available under the cap (an additional 395 GWh)

Returning to PG&E Bundled Service

DA customers choosing to return to bundled service must submit Electric Form No. 79-1011, Notice to Return to PG&E Bundled Portfolio Service (BPS) (Notice to Return), indicating that they wish to return in six (6) months. Customers have three (3) business days after PG&E receives their Notice to Return form to rescind the Notice and remain on DA service. Customers electing BPS make a binding, minimum eighteen (18) month commitment and will not be eligible to return to DA service until their eighteen (18) month minimum commitment has been completed. The Notice to Return forms must be emailed, faxed, or mailed to one of the following addresses:

  • Email with attachment to:
  • FAX to: 209-476-7698 Attn: DAASU
  • U.S. Mail to:
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company
    P.O. Box 8329
    Stockton, CA 95208
    Attn: DAASU
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