Get details about procedures and charges

The TMDL tariff is intended to recover CPUC approved non-bypassable charges from customers who choose to switch their electric service from PG&E to a Publicly Owned Utility (POU).

PLEASE NOTE: A POU is any public entity that qualifies as a local, publicly owned electric utility under Public Utilities Code section 9604. A municipal utility district or an irrigation district is a POU.

Get more information about TMDL. Download Electric Rate Schedule E-TMDL (PDF, 178KB).

You might receive bills for non-bypassable charges after you stop receiving electric service from PG&E.

Send notification to PG&E

If you want to start getting electric service from a POU, you must notify us.
Your notice must include:

  • Estimated date your electric service will be reduced or discontinued
  • Description of the load that is being reduced or eliminated
  • Service address and PG&E service ID number assigned to the load
  • Name of the POU that can supply service
  • Preferred basis for calculating departing load charges

You can choose to have your charges based on:

  • Usage for the last 12 months
  • Average 12-month usage, as measured over the last 36 months
  • Actual usage based on future meter data

PG&E will send a TMDL non-bypassable charge statement to you within 20 days of receiving your written notice.

Learn more about departing load charges

Departing load charges involve costs related to the California energy crisis and electric industry restructuring. Historically, these charges were included in bundled service bills. The following are departing load non-bypassable charges that may apply:

  • Competition Transition Charge (CTC). CTC is designed to recover the following costs:
    • The cost of qualifying facilities and power purchase agreements that exceed a market benchmark determined by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
    • A portion of electric industry restructuring implementation costs, as authorized by the CPUC. The current CTC rate varies by rate schedule. The estimated expiration date is after 2028.
  • Energy Cost Recover Amount (ECRA) Charge. The ECRA repays the principal, interest and other Energy Recovery bond costs set by the PG&E bankruptcy decision.
  • Nuclear Decommissioning (ND) charge. The ND charge collects funds that are used to restore sites after our nuclear power plants are removed from service. The current charge rate is $0.00088 per kWh for all rate schedules. The estimated expiration date is after 2025.
  • Wildfire Fund charge. Charge on behalf of the State of California department of Water Resources (DWR) to fund the California Wildfire Fund. For usage prior to October 1, 2020, this charge included costs related to the 2001 California energy crisis, also collected on behalf of the DWR. These charges belong to DWR, not PG&E.

Learn more about exemptions

Depending on certain conditions, you may be exempt from one or more departing load charges. The following exemptions might apply.

RA Charge and ECRA Charge exemptions

Customers that stop or reduce service before January 1, 2000 are exempt from the RA Charge and ECRA Charge. Customers that departed from a location that, as of December 19, 2003, was no longer part of the PG&E service area are exempt from the RA Charge and ECRA Charge.

Load That Departed Prior to February 1, 2001

Transferred Municipal Departing Load that departed prior to February 1, 2001, is exempt from the DWR Bond Charge, the DWR Power Charge, and the PCIA.

Pay charges included in your monthly bill

Pay charges included in your monthly bill

PG&E issues monthly bills in accordance with the provisions of Electric Rate Schedule E-TMDL. Customers are required to pay departing load charges in full to PG&E within 20 days of the bill’s receipt.

Learn your options for dispute resolution

Learn your options for dispute resolution

If you believe that the TMDL non-bypassable charge statement doesn’t comply with the terms and conditions provided for in Schedule E-TMDL, you must notify PG&E in writing within 20 days after receiving the statement.
Further information about the dispute resolution process is located in Section 3.e. of Schedule E-TMDL.

View additional TDML resources

View additional TDML resources