Find detailed information about charges and exemptions.
Customer generation means cogeneration, renewable technologies or another type of generation serving a portion of a customer’s load. Customer generation relies on non-PG&E or dedicated PG&E distribution wires rather than the PG&E utility grid. Reductions in load are classified as customer generation departing load only to the extent that such load is served with electricity from a source other than PG&E.
A customer generation departing load is the portion of a PG&E’s electric customer's load for which the customer, on or after December 20, 1995:
Nonbypassable charges involve costs that were included in bundled service bills and are now separately listed. Customer generation departing load customers may receive bills from PG&E for these charges even when they no longer receive electric service from PG&E. Nonbypassable charges that may apply include:
In Decision 03-04-030, the CPUC determined that customer generation departing load customers may be required to pay a Cost Responsibility Surcharge (CRS). The surcharge includes the following nonbypassable charges:
Decision 03-04-030 determined that the requirement for customer generation departing load customers to pay the CDWR Bond Charge, the PCIA and ECRA, and the CTC depends on multiple factors, including the customer’s date of departure and technology installed.
Following these procedures for exemption consideration for your facility:
Within 10 calendar days of receiving the application, PG&E notifies you, in writing, of the following:
The final categorization and notice is made after PG&E and the CPUC confirms that your installation qualifies for the exemption.
NMDL refers to customers who were located in a PG&E service area as it existed on December 20, 1995, and use a POU for service. A Publicly Owned Utility (POU) is a public entity that qualifies as a local electric POU under Public Utilities Code section 9604. Get detailed information. Download Electric Schedule E-NMDL (PDF, 182 KB).
Because of AB 1890, NMDL customers are obligated to pay departing load charges related to the costs of the state’s electric restructuring.
As part of the state’s energy industry restructuring in the late 1990s and energy crisis of 2001, PG&E collects fees, known as departing load charges, from NMDL consumers. We began billing for these fees in 2008 to customers served by POUs and Irrigation Districts. In response to concerns about these fees, we negotiated an agreement with the Merced and Modesto Irrigation Districts. As a result, customers of these districts do not pay these fees.
Read about TMDL and how these charges may affect your business.
TMDL refers to customers who, on or after December 20, 1995, replaced bundled or direct access electricity service from PG&E with service from a Publicly Owned Utility (POU). A POU is a public entity that qualifies as a local electric POU under Public Utilities Code section 9604. Get detailed information. Download Electric Schedule E-TMDL (PDF, 258 KB).
Following are reasons why customers may owe TDML charges:
Departing load charges involve costs that typically are included in bundled service bills and are related to the 2001 energy crisis and the electric industry restructuring. TMDL customers may receive bills from PG&E for these charges even when they no longer receive electric service from us. PG&E issues monthly bills using the Electric Rate Schedule E-TMDL.
Customers may be exempt from one or more departing load charges depending on the following conditions:
To assign any unused portion of the allotted exception to other TMDL entities under the Bypass Report, priority is given to load transferring from PG&E bundled service.
PG&E customers who intend to reduce or change their service to a POU must notify PG&E using the Notice of Departure letter at least 30 days before the change occurs. Download Notice of Departure to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PDF, 12 KB).
Within 20 days of receipt of the customer’s notice, PG&E mails a TMDL Nonbypassable Charge Statement. This statement outlines the departing load charges owed when service is discontinued. Customers owe departing load charges from the discontinuation date or 30 days from the date of receipt of the statement, whichever is later.
When a customer has questions about the TMDL Nonbypassable Charge Statement, the customer must notify PG&E in writing within 20 days after receiving the statement. More information about the dispute resolution process can be found in Section 3.e. of Schedule E-TMDL.