Transitioning to a clean energy takes everyone – millions of small actions and dozens of large actions. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), similarly known as Clean Choice Energy (CCE) projects are one of these large actions. CCA’s allow local governments to procure power for their residents and businesses directly from power providers, not through utilities. The overall aims of CCAs are to provide a greater percentage of clean energy as well as reduced prices for customers.
Currently, CCAs are allowable in Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and California. CCAs are a strong player in California’s aim to procure 100% clean energy by 2045, as set forth in Senate Bill 100. There are many CCAs in existence from Humboldt County to Ventura County, with plans for several more, including ones in San Diego and Clean Power Alliance in Los Angeles/Ventura County. For more information, go to Clean Power Exchange and CalCCA.
CIPL has been a strong supporter of CCAs for years, advocating for supportive legislation, opposing restrictive legislation and offering public comment with the CA Public Utilities Commission. At present, CIPL is excited to be involved two CCAs – Peninsula Clean Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy for a solar+storage resiliency program and CCA outreach, respectively.
Check out a CCA in your area and get involved in outreach or help set up a new one!