This page contains semi-permanent information that is likely to be useful from time to time.
Fou students at USC’s Price School of Public Policy produced a sterling “pre-feasibility” study on the prospects of Community Choice Energy (CCE) for the city of Torrance. Their report is replete with facts and figures that compile a pretty convincing case for Torrance CCE. Nine cities in their vicinity have unanimously approved resolutions giving the green light for their own feasibility studies. Read the USC report here: Community Choice Aggregation in Torrance.
The City of San Diego’s March 2015 Draft Climate Action Plan should be a paragon for all CAPs since it gives meaningful, measurable, and quantifiable goals at specific dates. It calls for annual checkpoints to verify compliance. And one of its most important measures is that it specifies that an Implementation Manager be assigned to see that the Plan doesn’t become just a shelf document but instead is actually implemented. Read the March 2015 San Diego Climate Action Plan.
It’s wise to exercise caution when considering CCAs, as described in this memo by Local Clean Energy Alliance: Taking Community Out of Community Choice.
Del Mar’s 3 October 2016 Resolution to request load data from SDG&E: https://www.climateactioncampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-10-01_DelMar-ResoStaffReport_CCAloaddata.pdf
The 14 January 2015 Solana Beach resolution to study the feasibility of CCA: http://solanabeach.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=5&event_id=273&meta_id=176005
The Encinitas Environmental Commission’s Summary and Recommendations for Encinitas Regarding
The 16 December 2015 Encinitas City Council’s Agenda Item approving the EEC’s CCA report: http://archive.ci.encinitas.ca.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=731835
The 24 August 2016 Encinitas City Council’s Resolution 2016-84 approving participation in the feasibility phase of Community Choice Energy exploration: http://archive.ci.encinitas.ca.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=738363
My 30 April 2015 message to Erik Steenblock suggesting that The Encinitas Environmental Commission add research into Community Choice Aggregation to our 2015-2016 Work Plan, this is how Encinitas started the CCA effort:
I’ve asked Erik to distribute this message about an item I ask you to consider for addition to our 2015-2016 Work Plan.
I’ve provided a few references, but you should also do your own research. Of course, we cannot conduct an email discussion of this item, so please consider this information as a basis for discussion at our May meeting.
2015-16 Work Plan
Proposed Line Item: Conduct a Feasibility Study of a Local Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) System
A CCA is a legal system that allows electric consumers within a jurisdiction to aggregate their usage and buy power from alternate power producers rather than from an Investor-Owned Utility (IOU). The main goal of a CCA is to gain local control over which electricity suppliers to use: producers may be chosen to optimize any or all of cost, greenness, or ethical cleanliness.
For example, consumers may wish to avoid producers that use consumer bills to pay for closure of nuclear power plants.
California is one of a few states that allow CCAs. There are currently two CCAs in Marin and Sonoma Counties. They have allowed consumers to purchase power that is both cleaner and cheaper.
Consumers see almost no change when using a CCA. Their bill will indicate a different supplier, but consumers will still see a charge from SDG&E since CCAs use their distribution infrastructure.
CCAs require a certain size to be cost-effective; a population of around 100,000 is considered a minimum size. Therefore, a city the size of Encinitas may need to partner with another jurisdiction. The jurisdiction need not be adjacent.
Many parties have vested interests and present varied opinions about CCAs. However, the choice between a CCA and an IOU may be likened to the choice between two restaurants: one that serves only one meal at one price, and one that has a menu of different meals at different prices. Given that you have to eat, which restaurant would you choose?
A CCA may be necessary to achieve targets set in a city’s Climate Action Plan. For example, the second largest contributor to Encinitas’ GHG emissions is residential housing. If the city had a CCA and elected to use 100% renewable power, it could achieve an quick reduction in GHG emissions.
The proposed Work Plan item would be to investigate the pros and cons of a local CCA, and if propitious, review and recommend methods for implementation.
Fact Check: Community Choice Lowers Energy Rates:
Article giving overview of CCA’s March 2015:
Marin County’s Clean Energy:
Solana Beach resolution to study possibility of a local CCA Jan 2015:
KPBS overview of CCAs:
Oceanside’s 21 September 2017 Resolution to request load data from SDG&E: https://www.climateactioncampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016-09-21_OceansideResolution_CCE-LoadData.pdf
17 February 2015 Voice of San Diego Fact Check: Community Choice Lowers Energy Rates: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/fact-check-community-choice-lowers-energy-rates/
Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Web Page: http://green.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/green/lacce
LA County’s 15 September 2016 Feasibility Study: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/fact-check-community-choice-lowers-energy-rates/
Alameda County Community Choice Aggregation / East Bay Community Energy’s RFP for 1) Technical and Energy services, 2) Community Outreach, Marketing and Customer Notification, and 3) Data Management/Call Center services, response due 14 December 2016: http://www.ebce.org/files/managed/Document/90/Alameda%20County%20Multi-Services%20RFP%20(complete).pdf
Humboldt County Community Choice Aggregation RFP for Development and Operations Services 6 January 2016: http://www.redwoodenergy.org/images/Files/CCA/RCEA-CCA-RFP-15-001-REVISED-1-6-16.pdf