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Community Choice Aggregation Handbook
The Community Choice Aggregation Handbook (CCA Handbook) contains all the instructions and enrollment forms required for a CCA to do business within our service territory. The CCA Handbook, which can be downloaded in sections from the table below, will be updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in CCA regulations and our operations. Each chapter has a version number and date to ensure you're working with the latest information.
Feel free to view the CCA Handbook using the links in the table below, or print all or part of it to use as a reference offline. If you are unable to print the material from this Web site, contact CCA Services for a hardcopy of the Handbook.
Contact CCA services auto-fills email to: CCASVCS@sce.com
The Community Choice Aggregation Handbook: A Guide To Conducting Business With Southern California Edison Under Community Choice Aggregation
CCA Handbook was initially posted as version 1.0, dated December 1, 2008.
CCA Handbook (PDFs)
- Chapter 1: Welcome, Preface, & CCA Overview
- Chapter 2: Open Season
- Chapter 3: Establishing Community Choice Aggregation Service
- Chapter 4: Enrollment - Completing SCE's Forms
- Chapter 5: Setting Up Electronic Communications & Compliance Testing
- Chapter 6: CCASRs & Customer Notifications
- Chapter 7: Metering Under CCA
- Chapter 8: Information Guides for Electronic Transactions
- Chapter 9: Billing Under CCA
- Chapter 10: Payments and Remittances in CCA
- Chapter 11: Terminating CCA Service – Voluntary or Involuntary
- Chapter 12: Load Profiling & Distribution Loss Factors
- Chapter 13: Usage Data Reconciliation
- Chapter 14: Special Conditions
- Chapter 15: Service Fees and Non-Energy Billing
- Chapter 16: Resolving Disputes
- Chapter 17: Post-Enrollment Opt-Out, Re-Entry, and Switching Exemptions
Links to CCA Rules and Rate Schedules (PDFs)
- Rule 23: Community Choice Aggregation
- Rule 23.2: Community Choice Aggregation Open Season
- Schedule CCA-CRS: Community Choice aggregation Cost Responsibility Surcharge
- Schedule CCA-INFO: Community Choice Aggregation – Information Fees
- Schedule CCA-SF: Community Choice Aggregation Service Fees
- Schedule CC-DSF: Customer Choice – Discretionary Service Fees
This section contains the information and documentation required for CCAs to request either aggregated or confidential usage data in support of establishing a CCA in our service territory.
Aggregated Usage Data
Aggregated usage data is generally released to the requesting City, County, JPA, or government agency up to two times per calendar year at no charge. For any CCA information request that exceeds the two times per calendar year limit, a processing fee of $256.62 will be charged for each additional report.
Confidential Usage Data
Certain services fees will be charged to the requesting City, County, JPA, or government agency for activities performed by us to provide monthly information regarding usage (kWh), peak demand (kW) where available, rate class average load profiles, rate class average coincident peak factors, and the number of customers within the requesting City, County, JPA, or government agency service area. The reports provided under this section will not include customers not eligible to be included in CCA Automatic Enrollment.
All requests for confidential usage data must be returned to the City, County, JPA, or government agency local SCE Region Manager accompanied by a Mayor's Declaration and one Non-Disclosure Form for each individual being granted access to the resulting data file(s)/report(s).
CCA Non-Disclosure Form 14-769 (PDF)
CCA Declaration Form 14-770 (PDF)
All report titles and associated service fees can be found in SCE Schedule CCA-INFO:Community Choice Aggregation-Information Fees (PDF)
CCA customers choosing to return to bundled service must provide us with a Six-Month Advance Notice to Return to Bundled Portfolio Service at least six months in advance of the date they intend to switch to BPS in order for them to become eligible for BPS by that date. Once received, they will have a three business-day rescission period after which this notification cannot be cancelled. They will also receive confirmation of their notice to return to BPS within ten (10) business days.
Those customers who return to BPS must make a three-year commitment to remain on BPS and will not be eligible to return to Direct Access (DA) service or CCA Service, as applicable, until their three-year minimum period has been fulfilled. DA-eligible customers returning to BPS will continue to be responsible for the Direct Access Customer Responsibility Surcharge undercollections Charge (DA CRS UC), if applicable, resulting from the period they were taking DA service.
At the end of the three-year commitment, customers will have the option to transfer to DA service or CCA Service, as applicable, or remain on bundled service.
Those customers who wish to transfer to CCA Service must provide a six-month advance notice to SCE in order to become eligible for CCA. Once received by SCE, they will have a rescission period of three business days after which this notification cannot be cancelled.
In addition, customers will receive confirmation of their notice to transfer to CCA Service within ten (10) business days. This notice will specify the date that their CCA must submit a Community Choice Aggregation Service Request (CCASR) to us in order to transfer their account(s). The six-month advance notice to transfer to CCA Service will be cancelled if we doe not receive a CCASR by the date specified in the notice.
If we do not receive a CCASR by the end of a customer's six-month period, their account(s) will be placed on Transitional Bundled Service (TBS) and will be billed spot market prices for six months. At the end of the six-month TBS period, their account will be placed on Bundled Portfolio Service (BPS) for a minimum commitment of three years. If the customer is a Direct Access (DA) eligible customer, the same rule applies; however, prior to beginning the six-month TBS period, they will be given an additional 60-day "Safe Harbor" period on TBS spot market pricing. The Safe Harbor period provides them the opportunity to contact an Electric Service Provider (ESP) to arrange for DA service.
All files are in Excel format.
Please use the following implementation and mapping guides when exchanging customer information between the CCA and us for billing, DASR, metering data, and account maintenance. Please review guidelines for the areas below:
Billing Data Exchange
Monthly Meter Usage Data
Please note that electronic data interchange (EDI) format is a requirement for both billing and CCASR data exchange.
Please refer to the CCA handbook for complete data exchange protocol. Our guidelines are UIG compliant and conform to ANSI X12 standards. Visit the UIG Web site to obtain mapping guides for each EDI transaction set.
We follow the California Transaction Set 867 mapping guide (PDF) in its entirety except where indicated.
For monthly usage data, the separate CMEP and EDI files can be identified by filename. CMEP files will continue to be named "FILENAME.CMEP" EDI formatted files will be named "FILENAME.EDI". If CCAs currently retrieve customer files by logging onto the MDMA server using a browser, they can choose to retrieve the CMEP file, the EDI file, or both. If CCAs are currently using the "Getfilenames" CGI script, they can continue to do so. However, the scripts will continue to retrieve the CMEP formatted filenames only. CCAs can retrieve EDI filenames with this script by changing "Getfilenames" to "GetEDIfilenames."
The historical data will be posted to our MDMA server in compliance with the EDI 867 (v.4010) UIG transaction set. This data will be posted at acceptance, and again at completion, of the CCASR. Files containing historical data will end with a ".hst" suffix.
Please note: We no longer provide historical data according to California Metering Exchange Protocol (CMEP).