California’s six Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, MCE, CleanPowerSF, Lancaster Choice Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Sonoma Clean Power announced the launch of the California Community Choice Association, or CalCCA. With CalCCA as the preeminent statewide voice for these organizations, the Association will advocate for legislative and regulatory policies that support local control over electricity supply and promote cleaner energy choices.
Established by law in seven states, CCA is an energy supply model that allows local government entities to aggregate the electricity load of their residents, businesses and municipal accounts to source electricity supplies that meet local objectives. California has the strongest collection of climate-friendly CCAs in the nation, providing pollution-reducing renewable energy options. All CCAs partner with their region’s existing utility, which continues to deliver the power, maintain the grid and bill customers. Today, California’s CCAs are proliferating because they have a proven track record of success and are providing local communities with:
- Consumer choice
- Community control through local governance
- Competitive and often lower electricity rates
- Aggressive transition to clean energy sources
Cumulatively, California’s CCAs are already creating demand for more than 340 megawatts of new California renewables, investing in more than $1.6 billion of renewables, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 308,000 metric tons and supporting over 2,500 California jobs.
Since MCE launched California’s first CCA in 2010, community choice has become a key tool for local governments striving to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to California’s climate action goals. Over 500,000 customers buy CCA energy supply which guarantees more renewables. The number of customers served is expected to more than double in the next year as new CCAs start service throughout the state.
A Board of Directors, consisting of Chief Executive Officers or General Managers of California’s operational CCAs, manages CalCCA. For information about CalCCA, please visit cal-cca.org.