Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions that are commonly asked about the California (CA) Industry Assistance Credit.

The CA Industry Assistance Credit is part of the State of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program which was developed as a result of landmark legislation called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). The program aims to address climate change by limiting the total amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by the largest sources.

The State of California provides the CA Industry Assistance Credit to protect against emissions leakage: a decrease in in-state GHG emissions that results in an increase in out-of-State GHG emissions. AB 32 requires that the State minimize emissions leakage, to the extent feasible. This credit protects eligible industrial sectors against emissions leakage and transitions them into the Cap-and-Trade Program by compensating affected businesses for a portion of the GHG emission costs associated with the electricity they buy.

Utilities, including Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), will distribute this credit annually through 2030. The amount of the credit is determined through the use of emissions efficiency benchmarks which reward businesses that have taken early action to reduce their GHG emissions. This approach will also ensure that these industries will have an incentive to continue producing products in California in the most greenhouse gas-efficient way possible.

The CA Industry Assistance Credit is open to all eligible utility customers, including those who get electricity from community choice aggregators and other electric service providers.

Under the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Cap-and-Trade Regulations, it designates entities that derive most of their revenue from a product, activity, or service covered by a specific North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code as eligible for Industry Assistance.* The state refers to these as “emissions-intensive and trade-exposed” (EITE) entities. A list of eligible entities by NAICS codes may be found in Table 8-1 of the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) Cap-and-Trade Regulation. Click here to see CARB’s Cap-and-Trade Regulation.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) verifies eligibility for the CA Industry Assistance Credit at a facility level. A facility is a physical structure(s) located on one or more contiguous properties. For example, a campus, factory, plant or company headquarters with multiple buildings would be considered one facility if all structures are involved in (or support) the production of the same product or service. If a company owns multiple facilities throughout the state, each facility may (or may not) be eligible depending on each facility’s NAICS code.

*If you are unsure which NAICS code applies to your facility, review your company’s federal income tax return, such as IRS Form 1120, or the U.S. Census Bureau’s guidelines

The amount of the CA Industry Assistance Credit is determined through the use of emissions efficiency benchmarks which reward businesses that have taken early action to reduce their GHG emissions. This approach will also ensure that these industries will have an incentive to continue producing products in California in the most greenhouse gas-efficient way possible.

The credit amount varies from facility to facility. The CPUC, rather than your utility, calculates your credit amount.* To protect your privacy, your utility provider does not have access to all of the data that the CPUC uses to determine your credit amount. Your utility may not be able to accurately predict your credit amount or answer detailed questions about why you received a specific amount. The CPUC will calculate the amount of the CA Industry Assistance credit for each facility according to an allocation formula that is either product-based or energy-based. Entities that have direct emissions below 10,000 MtCO2e will receive the CA Industry Assistance credit based on an energy-based allocation formula, which takes into account variables such as:

  • Historical electricity usage (electricity purchased from PG&E and other electricity providers)
  • GHG emissions associated with your electricity usage
  • Level of assistance CARB provides to industries
  • Overall “cap” on emissions
  • Average price for allowances sold
  • Any reconciliation of average prices for allowances between years.

*To learn more about how the CPUC calculates your credit, please read D.14-12-037 and review the formulas in Appendix A of this decision.

The California Climate Credit automatically goes to small businesses that typically use less than 20 kilowatts (kW) of maximum power in a month. It appears as a monthly bill credit for all eligible utility customers, including those who get electricity from community choice aggregators (CCAs) and electric service providers (ESPs).

You can confirm whether you are receiving it by looking for the line item "California Climate Credit" on your Energy Statement.

Customers may only receive one of the two credits. If you choose to attest for the CA Industry Assistance Credit and are deemed eligible, you will stop receiving the monthly Small Business Climate Credit for all electric service agreements associated with that facility.

Below are the key differences between the two credits:

  California Climate Credit for Small Businesses CA Industry Assistance Credit
Calculation Based on current electricity consumption Based on historical electricity consumption
Eligibility Happens automatically Requires most customers to periodically claim eligibility
Application Applies only to service accounts that typically use less than 20 kilowatts [kW] a month Applies to your entire facility and includes all service accounts associated with that facility
Timing Appears monthly on every eligible service account Appears annually on one service account per facility
Audit Will not subject you to an audit May subject you to an audit

If your facility is eligible based on your NAICS code, you must determine which category your facility falls in based on your annual direct emissions. Depending upon the category that your facility falls in, you either qualify automatically for the credit (but must opt-in to receive the credit), or you must provide information to verify your eligibility.

Facility Category Customer Description Customer Definition Action Required to Receive Credit
 
Covered Entities (MRRs*) Customers required to report emissions data to CARB under its Mandatory Reporting Regulation (MRR) A facility with direct emissions of 10,000 MtCO2e per year, or greater. Yes, MRRs automatically qualify but you may update your facility’s information to help expedite your credit
Opt-in’s (Small & Medium EITEs) Customers not required to report emissions data to CARB under its MRR A facility with direct emissions of less than 10,000 MtCO2e per year. Yes, you must verify your eligibility through an online attestation process by September 30th. Visit
www.pge.com/industryassistance
You will need the following information:
  1. The correct NAICS code for each eligible facility.
  2. All service agreements associated with each eligible facility/facilities.

*Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (MRR)

PG&E will verify the information submitted for your facility and will reach out if further verifications are needed. If you successfully attested, you will receive your annual CA Industry Assistance Credit in April as a credit on your PG&E bill, unless you are eligible to receive a check.*

*Only facilities with emissions greater than 25,000 MTCO2 are eligible to choose a check.

NOTE: Customers receiving a bill credit may "cash out" any remaining bill credit by calling the Business Customer Service Center (1-800-468-4743) to request a check, if their credit amount exceeds their total bill amount.

Businesses receiving the CA Industry Assistance Credit are encouraged to further reduce their carbon footprint by taking advantage of energy-efficiency and energy-management programs and resources.

To learn how your business can save energy and water, visit EnergyUpgradeCalifornia.com

For more information on California Industry Assistance, visit California Public Utilities Commission’s CA Industry Assistance’s website.

If you are unsure which NAICS code applies to your facility, review your company’s federal income tax return, such as IRS Form 1120, or use the U.S. Census Bureau’s guidelines (which can be found at https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/faqs/faqs.html#q9).

You may also visit California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) website for CARB’s Cap-and-Trade Regulation and Table 8-1 for the detailed list of Covered Industrial Sectors and eligible NAICS Codes.

The table below is provided for convenience only; Cap-and-Trade Regulation and Table 8-1 remains controlling.

Eligible NAICS Codes and Descriptions (Last updated April 2020):

NAICS CODE NAICS_DESCRIPTION
111419 Other Food Crops Grown Under Cover
211111 Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
211112 Natural Gas Liquid Extraction
212299 All Other Metal Ore Mining
212391 Potash, Soda, and Borate Mineral Mining
212399 All Other Nonmetallic Mineral Mining
311111 Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing
311119 Other Animal Food Manufacturing
311211 Flour Milling
311212 Rice Milling
311213 Malt Manufacturing
311221 Wet Corn Milling
311224 Soybean and Other Oilseed Processing
311225 Fats and Oils Refining and Blending
311230 Breakfast Cereal Manufacturing
311313 Beet Sugar Manufacturing
311314 Cane Sugar Manufacturing
311340 Nonchocolate Confectionery Manufacturing
311351 Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing from Cacao Beans
311352 Confectionery Manufacturing from Purchased Chocolate
311411 Frozen Fruit, Juice, and Vegetable Manufacturing
311412 Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing
311421 Fruit and Vegetable Canning
311422 Specialty Canning
311423 Dried and Dehydrated Food Manufacturing
311511 Fluid Milk Manufacturing
311512 Creamery Butter Manufacturing
311513 Cheese Manufacturing
311514 Dry, Condensed, and Evaporated Dairy Product Manufacturing
311520 Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Manufacturing
311611 Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering
311612 Meat Processed from Carcasses
311613 Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing
311615 Poultry Processing
311710 Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
311811 Retail Bakeries
311812 Commercial Bakeries
311813 Frozen Cakes, Pies, and Other Pastries Manufacturing
311821 Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing
311824 Dry Pasta, Dough, and Flour Mixes Manufacturing from Purchased Flour
311830 Tortilla Manufacturing
311911 Roasted Nuts and Peanut Butter Manufacturing
311919 Other Snack Food Manufacturing
311920 Coffee and Tea Manufacturing
311930 Flavoring Syrup and Concentrate Manufacturing
311941 Mayonnaise, Dressing, and Other Prepared Sauce Manufacturing
311942 Spice and Extract Manufacturing
311991 Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing
311999 All Other Miscellaneous Food Manufacturing
312120 Breweries
312130 Wineries
313110 Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills
313210 Broadwoven Fabric Mills
313220 Narrow Fabric Mills and Schiffli Machine Embroidery
313230 Nonwoven Fabric Mills
313240 Knit Fabric Mills
313310 Textile and Fabric Finishing Mills
313320 Fabric Coating Mills
315210 Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors
315220 Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
315240 Women's, Girls', and Infants' Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
315280 Other Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
322121 Paper (except Newsprint) Mills
322130 Paperboard Mills
324110 Petroleum Refineries
324121 Asphalt Paving Mixture and Block Manufacturing
324199 All Other Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
325120 Industrial Gas Manufacturing
325188 All Other Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
325193 Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing
325194 Cyclic Crude, Intermediate, and Gum and Wood Chemical Manufacturing
325199 All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing
325311 Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing
325412 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
325414 Biological Product (Except Diagnostic) Manufacturing
327211 Flat Glass Manufacturing
327213 Glass Container Manufacturing
327310 Cement Manufacturing
327410 Lime Manufacturing
327420 Gypsum Product Manufacturing
327992 Ground or Treated Mineral and Earth Manufacturing
327993 Mineral Wool Manufacturing
331111 Iron and Steel Mills
331221 Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing
331221 Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing
331314 Secondary Smelting and Alloying of Aluminum
331492 Secondary Smelting, Refining, and Alloying of Nonferrous Metal (Except Copper and Aluminum)
331511 Iron Foundries
332112 Nonferrous Forging
332510 Hardware Manufacturing
333611 Turbine and Turbine Generator Set Units Manufacturing
336111 Automobile Manufacturing
336411 Aircraft Manufacturing
336414 Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing
488111 Air Traffic Control
488119 Other Airport Operations
488190 Other Support Activities for Air Transportation

If your facility has reported emissions data to ARB (meaning you have annual emissions level of 10,000 MtCO2 or greater), your facility has a 6-digit Facility ARB ID assigned by ARB. Please check with your facility staff to verify whether your facility has an ARB ID. If your facility is assigned an ARB ID and you operate in an eligible NAICS sector, your facility is automatically qualified but you must provide your facility's information for PG&E to process your credit.

If your facility does not have a 6-digit ARB ID and you have received the credit for this facility in the past, then your facility is assigned a 10-digit Facility ID by PG&E. You can use this Facility ID to submit an attestation for your facility. Please follow the steps in the attestation website.

If your facility has never received a CA Industry Assistance Credit in the past, then you must follow the directions on the website to submit an attestation.

As always, you can contact PG&E for more information and to get help determining which situation applies to your facility.

You will need your business’s NAICS code, facility address, and all electric service agreement IDs (SAIDs) associated with your facility.

Customers are required to attest for eligibility once per compliance period (3-year window). Once successfully attested, eligibility will last for the entire compliance period.

PG&E will notify eligible customers to attest for eligibility at the start of each compliance period (e.g.: 2020, 2023, 2026) but all eligible facilities may attest, regardless of whether they were included in outreach efforts.

Compliance Periods Attestation (Triennial)
Eligibility lasts for one
compliance period
(3-year window)
Attestation Year
*Recertification/Outreach*
(July-Sept)
Credit Year:
3 *2017* 2018
2018 2019
2019 2020
4 *2020* 2021
2021 2022
2022 2023
5 *2023* 2024
2024 2025
2025 2026
6 *2026* 2027
2027 2028
2028 2029
7 *2029* 2030

Your PG&E Energy Statement (bill) lists the 10-digit Service Agreement ID(s) under the Details of Electric Charges section. Please note, you may have more than one bill for a facility. Make sure to list all electric Service Agreement IDs associated with the facility when you are completing the online attestation form.

The purpose of assigning Service Agreement IDs to a facility is to determine the total electricity usage associated with a specific facility. This will allow you to receive the credit based on the total electricity usage that is related to your facility’s production.

The address associated with each electric Service Agreement ID is listed under the Details of Electric Charges section of your Energy Statement (bill). If you have more than one meter providing electric service to your facility or multiple facilities, you must determine all applicable electric Service Agreement ID(s) that are part of a facility based on the address listed. If you have more than one facility, you must complete an attestation form for each facility separately.