Direct Access (DA) was suspended by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on September 20, 2001, as a response to the California energy crisis. Existing DA customers before the suspension of DA were able to preserve their DA service.
On March 11, 2010, the CPUC issued D.10-03-022 that allowed for a partial reopening of DA through authorized increases in load caps on DA transactions for each of the Utility Distribution Companies (UDCs) and adopted a detailed enrollment process for the 4-year phase-in period beginning in April 2010 and concluding in January 2013. Participation is limited to Retail Non-Residential Customers.
On January 1, 2022, Senate Bill (SB) 237 Direct Access (DA) Expansion load and Senate Bill (SB) 695 Partial Reopening of Direct Access load will be combined to result in a total SCE DA Load Cap of 13,457 GWh. Any unallocated SB 237 DA Expansion load will be carried over and made available to the 2021 DA Lottery Wait List and offered to customers in their randomly assigned DA Lottery number order, as approved in SCE’s Advice Letter 4566-E on October 4, 2021. After January 1, 2022 any remaining DA Expansion load will be offered to customers that participated in the 2021 Annual DA Lottery in June 2021 to secure a randomly assigned DA Lottery number on the 2022 DA Lottery Wait List.
All remaining customers on the 2022 Wait List have been notified and offered DA Load to participate in DA service. SCE will continue to assess customer offering responses and DA Service enrollments throughout 2022 to determine if any remaining load is available under SCE's Direct Access (DA) Overall Load Cap. SCE will be conducting the annual DA Lottery starting June 13, 2022 that will establish the 2023 Waitlist.
SCE holds a weeklong submission period in June of each year (DA Lottery) for customers who are interested in enrolling in Direct Access (DA) subject to the availability of load space under the Overall Load Cap of 13,456.87 gigawatt-hours (GWh) established by the California Public Utilities Commission. Submissions during this period will be entered into a lottery to decide 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 2023.
SCE will be accepting Six-Month Notices to Transfer to Direct Access Service (SCE Form 14-793) starting at 9:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on June 13, 2022, until 5:00 pm PDT on June 17, 2022. Any submissions before or after the submission period will not be accepted.