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 can 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 sends 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. Following are departing load charges that may apply:


  • Department of Water Resources (DWR) bond charge. This charge recovers the cost of financing a portion of the historic cost of DWR purchases to serve electric customers. We collect this charge on behalf of DWR. The charge does not belong to PG&E. The current DWR Bond Charge rate is $0.00549 per kilowatt (kWh) for all rate schedules. This charge expires in 2022.
  • Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA). PCIA is either a charge or a credit. This adjustment is intended to ensure that customers who purchase electricity from non-utility suppliers pay their share of the cost for generating electricity acquired prior to 2003.
  • 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 $0.00149 per kWh for all rate schedules. There is no expiration date for this charge.
  • 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. This charge does not expire.

Learn more about exemptions

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


Load eligible for leftover exceptions

These exceptions are available on an annual first-come, first-served basis, if any of the entities referenced do not use the allotted annual DWR or PCIA exceptions.
You can apply for this exception if all of the following statements are true:


  • You are a TMDL customer of a POU
  • The POU existed on or before July 10, 2003
  • The POU serves at least 100 customers

The following entities qualify for leftover exceptions:


  • Municipal utilities: Alameda, Anaheim, Azusa, Banning, Biggs, Burbank, Calaveras, Colton, Glendale, Gridley, Hercules, Healdsburg, Lodi, Lompoc, Los Angeles, Needles, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Pittsburg, Redding, Riverside, Roseville, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Shasta Lake, Tuolumne, Ukiah and Vernon
  • Municipal utility districts: Lassen and Sacramento
  • Public utility districts: Trinity and Truckee-Donner
  • Irrigation districts: Imperial, Merced, Modesto and Turlock
  • Other: Port of Stockton

When determining the assignment of any unused portion of the allotted exception, the bypass report mandates the priority of loads transferred from PG&E bundled service.


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.

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