|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2019
Press Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | firstname.lastname@example.org
CalCCA Statement on New Report from Governor Newsom’s Strike Force
Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) are committed to providing reliable service, clean energy at competitive rates, and innovative programs that benefit people, the environment and the economy in communities across California.
Community choice energy providers applaud Governor Newsom for his leadership during this critical period for California’s energy market and his quick action to assemble a strike force to begin addressing the state’s urgent needs following PG&E’s decision to file for bankruptcy. While we are still evaluating the details of the just-released strike force report, we believe the report rightly focuses on the urgent need for wildfire mitigation and suppression, developing a safer and more reliable electricity system, and keeping costs affordable for all Californians.
We appreciate the report’s recognition that catastrophic wildfires are exacerbated by climate change and, as such, it is critical that efforts to achieve the state’s clean energy goals are not derailed.
As the report highlights, CCAs are playing a crucial leadership role in advancing clean energy investments in California and we agree there is a need for statewide planning and transparency to ensure goals are achieved, and reliability maintained. CCAs are proving adept at securing cost-effective, long-term power resources and have already signed long-term contracts for more than 2,000 MW with new renewable energy projects in California and many new contracts will be announced this year.
Community choice energy providers are eager to continue working collaboratively with the Governor, his administration, and stakeholders, and share his commitment to a stronger, greener, more reliable electric system, while preserving the role of local, not-for-profit CCAs in California’s rapidly evolving energy system.
Launched in 2016, the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) represents California’s community choice electricity providers before the state Legislature and at regulatory agencies, advocating for a level playing field and opposing policies that unfairly discriminate against CCAs and their customers. There are currently 19 operational CCA programs in California serving approximately 10 million customers.
For more information about CalCCA, visit www.cal-cca.org.