A new electricity agency that is expected to change the energy mix-up and rates for Butte County customers is taking shape with the launch of a website and requests for proposals.
Chico and Butte County formed the Butte Choice Energy Authority in November. It is a Community Choice Aggregation program, or CCA, that gives local officials power over the purchase of electricity for a region’s customers.
The service is expected to become available in the spring 2021. Pacific Gas & Electric, Corp. will maintain ownership and operation of the local electrical transmission system. But the energy flowing through the system to local homes and businesses will have been purchased by the joint powers authority.
According to the program’s plan, that will let local officials pursue a few goals, including lowering rates by 2 to 4 percent compared to PG&E; offering options in which renewable sources make up 36-40 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent of the energy mix; and pulling from as many local energy sources as possible.