In California, a new and interesting business model is evolving around Community Choice Energy (CCE), also known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCE is a tool that allows “cities and counties to serve the energy requirements of their local residents and businesses” (California Public Utilities Commission, 2012).
CCE creates competition in the retail market, provides project financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments, and offers several benefits to a local community by giving local control over its energy sources, a choice to the citizens, the potential to provide electricity to its residents at lower costs, and a significant opportunity to reduce the GHG emissions. Existing CCEs offer a higher percentage of renewable energy in their electric service at competitive prices, and in only a few years have contributed, among other benefits, to local and regional renewable development, GHG emissions reduction, and local clean energy jobs creation.
Cities and local governments are taking the leadership in increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency and in reducing their GHG emissions at the local level.
Existing Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs offer a higher percentage of renewable energy in their electric service at competitive prices, and in only a few years have contributed, among other benefits, to local and regional renewable development, GHG emissions reduction, and local clean energy jobs creation.
This briefing provides cities and local governments with some key points and recommendations to take into consideration to develop a robust and sustainable CCE business model.
Stephanie designed this flier for distribution around her community to inform them of a presentation and discussion led by Ed. Ed showed the slides in the download Making a Difference in Our City.
This slide presentation was for the Environmental Commission to explain the report on recommendations for updating the Encinitas Climate Action Plan. The report was unanimously approved for submission to the City Council.
The Commission’s report is available here:
PDF file of the slides from our 17 August ECAC meeting.
PDF file of the slides from our 13 July ECAC meeting
Five reasons why Encinitas should consider using Community Choice Energy (aka Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA).
Encinitas Climate Action Campaign PDF slides on Making A Difference in Our City
These five points are a capsule summary of why we should update our Climate Action Plan.
Why California Clean Power Might Not Be the Right Choice for Your Community – memo by Local Clean Energy Alliance (June 27, 2015).
PDF file of slides displayed at our 1 June 2015 ECAC meeting
PDF of slides displayed at our ECAC Meeting of 15 June 2015
Link to PDF file of City of San Diego Climate Action Plan DRAFT March 2015
Link to PDF of the Appendices to San Diego’s March 2015 Draft Climate Action Plan
PDF file of the Encinitas Climate Action Plan of March 2011
PDF of the USC Price School of Public Policy Capstone Report on Community Choice Aggregation in Torrance, CA