Direct Access (DA) Lottery Process

Currently there is limited load space available for customers participating in the June 2020 Direct Access Lottery. Customers who are offered load space will be able to switch in January 2022.

Direct Access (DA) Lottery


PG&E holds a weeklong submission period in June of each year for customers who are interested in enrolling in Direct Access (DA) subject to the availability of load space under the Overall Load Cap of 11,393 gigawatt-hours (GWh) established by the California Public Utilities Commission. Customer requests submitted during this period will be entered into a lottery to determine a customer’s priority for any load space that may be available. Customers who do not receive an offer of load space will be placed on a Wait List for any DA load space that may become available in 2021.


How it works


PG&E will be accepting Six-Month Notices to Transfer to Direct Access Service (PG&E Form 79-1117) (“Notice”) from 9:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on June 8, 2020 until 5:00 pm PDT on June 12, 2020. All Notices submitted on behalf of a customer must be accompanied a customer’s written authorization on PG&E's Authorization to Receive Customer Information or Act Upon a Customer's Behalf (PG&E Form 79-1095). All accepted Notices will be entered into lottery to determine their random numerical position for any load space that is available under the Overall Load Cap, or for a Wait List for any load space that becomes available in 2021. Customers who are offered and accept load space may enroll on DA service on or after January 1, 2022.


Forms


PG&E's forms are now available in a fillable PDF format, which allows you to fill out the required fields directly into the form using your computer. Be sure to save your form before you start. When you're done you can then print your completed form(s), sign as required and submit the form(s). NOTE: If you'll be using our sample spreadsheet template, be aware that we have an updated version you’ll find under "Instructions," below.



Download Six Month Notice to Transfer to Direct Access (Form 79-1117) (PDF, 249 KB)

NOTE: PG&E will only be accepting the August 3, 2018 version of the Six Month Notice to Transfer to Direct Access.



Download Authorization to Receive Customer Information or Act Upon a Customer's Behalf (Form 79-1095) (PDF, 393 KB)

Only submit if applicable.


Instructions to complete form(s)


Customers or an authorized third-party provider may submit Six Month Notices during the five business days beginning 9 a.m. PDT June 8, 2020, and ending 5 p.m. PDT June 12, 2020. All forms still require hand written signatures. We will not accept electronic signatures at this time.


Completing the Six Month Notice to Transfer to Direct Access (Forms 79-1117 and 79-1095)


  • Review your form(s) and ensure all your changes were saved, before submitting a fillable PDF form.
  • Ensure your form includes the following information
    1. Full customer name as it appears on PG&E billing account
    2. Active Electric Service Agreement Identification Numbers (SA ID). Note: SA IDs can only be for a single Customer Name
    3. Service address
    4. Customer email address
    5. Handwritten signature
    6. Date
    7. Use our updated spreadsheet template!
      If your application requires additional service agreements to be listed, you can use our spreadsheet sample in lieu of Attachment A. Be sure to use the updated spreadsheet that includes new fields for the 2020 lottery. It eliminates duplicates and all data is in the template, helping to expedite the process. On your submission form, simply put "see attached" in the Service Agreement field and the customer email field.
      Download a Spreadsheet Sample (XLS, 31 KB)
  • If your Six Month Notice is being submitted by a third party (i.e., consultant or Energy Service Provider), please complete Form 79-1095
    1. Fill out this form in its entirety
    2. Check box option #6 (required)
    3. Use our updated spreadsheet template!
      If your application requires additional service agreements to be listed, you can use our spreadsheet sample in lieu of Attachment A. Be sure to use the updated spreadsheet that includes new fields for the 2020 lottery. It eliminates duplicates and all data is in the template, helping to expedite the process. On your submission form, simply put “see attached” in the Service Agreement field and the customer email field.
      Download a Spreadsheet Sample (XLS, 31 KB)

Submitting completed forms


  • Submit only one email per customer with all of your completed form(s) to DANOI@pge.com
  • Duplicate Six Month Notices covering the same accounts will be discarded
  • Ensure your subject line follows the format below:
    [Customer Name] 6 Month Notice [Submitter] ([#] of SA IDs)
  • Submissions should arrive on or after 9 a.m. PDT on June 8, 2020, but no later than 5 p.m. PDT on June 12, 2020. Any submissions received outside of these dates and time will be discarded.

What to expect after submission


  1. You will receive an auto-response from the DANOI@pge.com mailbox.
    • The auto-response message does not mean that the Six Month Notice and any supporting documents were accepted by PG&E.
    • The auto-response message does mean that PG&E received your submission. Please DO NOT send additional duplicate Six-Month Notices once the auto-response is received.
    • If you do not receive an auto-response email acknowledgement of receipt within 30 minutes of submittal, please contact PG&E's Third Party Relations Team at 415-973-6479.
  2. If PG&E receives duplicate submissions, the initial submission will be accepted and all subsequent submissions will be rejected.
  3. If PG&E finds incorrect information in the Six Month Notice or Customer Authorization Form, we will contact the submitter to make the correction. The submitter will have five business days (the review period) from PG&E's notification to respond with the corrected information. If no response is received within the five business day window, the submitted forms containing the incorrect information will be rejected, and the submitter will be notified by email.
  4. At the conclusion of the review period, and after all deficiencies have been corrected, PG&E will utilize a "randomizer" tool to assign a random "lottery" number to each eligible Six Month Notice.
  5. Submitters of Six Month Notices will be notified electronically by August 10, 2020, of their 2021 Wait List number.
  6. Per the CPUC, if DA load becomes available, customers on the Wait List may begin switching service depending on their Wait List number and how much load is available, PG&E would notify a customer at least 45 days in advance of the earliest date to switch to DA service.

Frequently Asked Questions