Community Choice Aggregation: The Next Big Thing in California
California law permits cities, counties, and joint powers agencies within the service territory of an investor owned utility to implement a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program which allows them to become the provider of electricity for customers within their jurisdiction. According to a May 1, 2017 article in Power magazine, “California is the next big thing in CCA, and it could have a bigger impact than any other state on procurement choices and policies. The Center for Climate Protection estimates that currently operational or under-development CCAs could serve 17.7 million of the 29 million people currently served by IOUs (see graph below). Most communities in California are driven by clean energy and climate desires. They want their renewables now, rather than waiting until 2030 for the state to reach its 50% renewables portfolio standard.”
Meyers Nave advises public entities regarding all aspects of the formation and operation of CCAs and represents them before the California Public Utilities Commission and other agencies such as the California Independent System Operator and California Energy Commission. We have decades of knowledge and experience in the state and federal laws that affect the generation, storage, transmission, and procurement of power in California. We have helped clients accomplish everything from licensing and building generating facilities, to contracting for wind and solar energy that serves public facilities, as well as evaluating, structuring and implementing CCAs.
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