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In California, a Campaign to Take Transmission Charges Out of Distributed Energy

News Article
California   
2015
This article tackles the question why DERs in California are paying for access to a transmission grid if they don't use it? Under California's current transmission access charge (TAC), 3 cents per kilowatt-hour is added to the 20-year leveled cost of energy in the state to pay for transmission projects. The state's big IOUs base their TAC on the total amount of power consumed at their customer's meter, which means that the TAC does not take into consideration how distributed energy reduces the need for new transmission investments. Clean Coalition, a non-profit, is asking the state grid operator CAISO to consider a new approach where electricity is metered at the point where utilities connect to the transmission grid, instead of each customer, to calculate their TIC costs.