Direct Access

Direct Access (DA) service is available to all non-residential customers and residential customers currently on DA.  Participating in DA allows electric customers to shop and compare electric commodity rates and services provided by electric Energy Service Providers (ESPs).  Customers that have elected DA Service will continue to receive safe and reliable electricity transmission and distribution services from SDG&E.

Although ESPs’ rates are not regulated by the CPUC, they must meet certain CPUC approval requirements.  The California Public Utilities Commission provides a list of the electric Energy Service Providers (ESPs) that have met the CPUC registration requirement.

DA was suspended in 2001, however, in 2009, a new law provided for a limited re-opening.  The limited re-opening is available only for non-residential customers and the amount of customer usage that can transfer to DA is capped (see Notice of Intent for details).

Updated July 15, 2019

SDG&E’s Total DA Load Allowance is 3,562 GWh.