Information for Direct Access

Participate In Direct Access

Partial Reopening of Direct Access

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.

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SCE’s Current DA Load Cap is


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.

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Post Phase-In Enrollment Period - 2022 Lottery Wait List Process

Monthly DA Load Notice – October 2022

SCE's DA load has been reviewed and it has been determined that SCE has additional load to allocate to customers on the 2023 Wait List with load. SCE has been offering load to 2023 Wait List customers starting in August 2022. Customers that accept the load offer will be required to submit a Direct Access Service Request by their January read date. SCE will continue to offer load to the 2023 Wait List until the Overall Load Cap has been reached.

DA Enrollment Process “DA Lottery”

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.

“DA Lottery” Six Month Notice Submission Period

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.

How To Participate

A. SCE Form 14-793 & Multiple Submission Spreadsheet

  • SCE Form 14-793 must be completed in its entirety including data and signature. Please download the fillable PDF SCE Form 14-793 below, 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.
  • SCE’s Multiple Submission Spreadsheet template is needed if you have more than one service account in your submission. Please complete all fields within the Multiple Submission Spreadsheet template and attach within your submission of SCE Form 14-793. Do not include a service account number and information on Form 14-793 if you have more than one service account. Please sign and date the Six-Month Advance Notice form and type "see attached" in the remaining account information fields.
  • Please Note:
    • SCE will review all submissions and will ask that the submitter resubmit their entry for the following reasons
      • The PDF Six-Month Notice Form has multiple accounts
      • If the Form 14-793 PDF or Multiple Submission Spreadsheet within submission are hard to read
      • Multiple Submission Spreadsheet file isn’t in excel (.xlsx) format

B. Customer Information Service Request (CISR) Form (If needed)

  • CISR Form is needed, if you are a third party (such as an ESP, consultant, etc.) signing and sending SCE Form 14-793 on behalf of a customer. SCE requires written authorization in advance from the customer using the Authorization to Receive Customer Information or Act on a Customer's Behalf (Form 14-796)(CISR Form)The CISR Form 14-796 must be completed in its entirety and check box option #7.
    • Customer Information Service Requests (CISRs) should be sent and approved by SCE in advance of the enrollment period.
    • If you did not send the CISR form to before the 2022 Lottery, you may attach the completed CISR form to your DA Lottery submission to and you must CC for SCE to process the CISR Form
  •  No CISR Form is needed   
    • If the submitter within email is the Customer.
    • When Six-Month Notice forms are signed by the customer and sent by their third-party agent.
      • However, please be sure the customer is copied on the DA Lottery Submission email, so they can receive future communications about DA eligibility.
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  • Customers or an authorized third-party may send Six Month Notices during the five business days beginning at 9 am PDT June 13, 2022, and ending at 5 pm PDT June 17, 2022.
  • All Six-Month Notice Forms and Multiple Submission Spreadsheet files must be sent to
  • Ensure your Subject line follows the format: [Customer Name] [# of SA IDs you are sending]
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  •  You will receive an auto-response from the mailbox
    • The auto-response message does not imply that SCE has accepted the Six-Month Notice and any supporting documents.
    • The auto-response message shows that SCE has received your submission. Once the auto-response has been received, please DO NOT send more duplicate Six-Month Notices.
    • If you do not receive an automatic response email acknowledging receipt of your submission within 30 minutes of submission, don't hesitate to get in touch with the SCE DA Program Team at
  • Duplicate, Six Month Notices covering the same accounts will be discarded
  • If SCE finds incorrect information in the Six-Month Notice or the Multiple Submission Spreadsheet template, SCE will contact the submitter to correct the error. From the date SCE notifies the submitter, the submitter has five business days (the review period) to respond with the corrected information. If no reply is received within the five-business day window, forms having incorrect information will be rejected, and the submitter will be notified by email.
  • Common Submission Errors that need corrections 
    • Unreadable Submissions
    • Missing Signature
    • Missing Date
    • Invalid Name
    • Invalid Service Account Number(s)
    • Service Accounts that do not match the Six-Month Notice Name
    • Closed Accounts
    • Currently on DA
    • Signed Six-Month Notices by ESPs or Consultants with no Valid CISR
    • Invalid Rate
  • After completing the review period and correcting all deficiencies, SCE will use a randomizer tool to select a random number for each Six Month Notice eligible.
  • Submitters of Six-Month Notices will be notified electronically by August 15, 2022, of their 2023 Wait List number.
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The Switching Exemption Guidelines apply to the Six-Month Notices to Transfer to Direct Access (DA) received by SCE during the Post Phase-In Enrollment Period.

  • If a DASR is not received by the final date specified in the acceptance notification, the associated Service Accounts will be transferred to Transitional Bundled Service (TBS) for 60 days.
  • If a DASR is not received by the end of the 60-day TBS period, the Six-Month Notice will be canceled.
    • After the six-month advance notice is canceled, the account will no longer be eligible for DA service.
    • The account will continue to bill on the TBS spot market price for an additional six months.
    • At the end of the six-month TBS period, the account will begin bundled service for an 18-month Bundled Portfolio Service (BPS) commitment term.
  • Exceptions to Rule 22.1 – Switching Exemption Guidelines do not apply to the following:
    • Six-Month Notices rescinded during the 3-Day Rescission period are not subject to Switching Exemptions.
    • Wait-List customers who decline the DA transfer opportunity are not subject to Switching Exemptions.
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