CalCCA Recognizes Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO, with 2020 CCA Champion Award

       

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2020

CalCCA Press Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

MCE Press Contact: Jenna Famular
(925) 378-6747 | communications@mceCleanEnergy.org

CalCCA Recognizes Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO, with 2020 CCA Champion Award

San Rafael and Concord, Calif. – The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) and MCE announced today that MCE CEO, Dawn Weisz, has received the 2020 CCA Champion Award. The annual award recognizes a leader who has worked to ensure the long-term success and viability of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in California.

Dawn Weisz is this year’s CCA Champion

In selecting Weisz to receive the 2020 CCA Champion Award, CalCCA recognizes her enormous contributions as a CCA trailblazer, leader, and tireless supporter. With Weisz at the helm, MCE launched California’s first community choice energy program in 2010 and laid the groundwork for others to follow. There are now 23 operational CCA programs that serve more than 10 million customers in 180+ cities and counties throughout California, growth that sprung from the seeds that were planted by Weisz and MCE a decade ago.

The award also recognizes Weisz’s leadership role in the formation of CalCCA in 2016. CalCCA acts as a unified voice in the policy and legislative arenas, advancing policies that benefit local communities and the transition to a just energy future. CalCCA is honored to recognize Weisz’s dedication as one of the most influential leaders in the fight for clean energy advocacy.

“Sonoma Clean Power recognizes Dawn and MCE’s role in creating the playbook for CCAs,” said Sonoma Clean Power CEO and CalCCA Board President Geof Syphers. “It’s so much easier to be second than first. Under your leadership, MCE made CCAs possible and practical. We appreciate you cheering us on. ”

CalCCA Executive Director Beth Vaughan presented Weisz with the award at the association’s Nov. 12 Board of Directors meeting via video conferencing, noting that Weisz is widely recognized as the “godmother” of community choice.

Weisz’s award (pictured) is made from recycled glass.

“It is an honor to award Dawn with the 2020 CCA Champion Award in recognition of her tremendous contributions to the CCA movement in California,” Vaughan said. “Dawn is the very embodiment of a CCA champion.”

CalCCA board members praised Weisz for her leadership, positivity, and unwavering support for their partner agencies; her willingness to share her time and expertise with emerging CCAs; and her strong relationship with MCE’s Board of Directors and the benefit that relationship has brought to all community choice programs.

“I am honored to accept CalCCA’s 2020 CCA Champion Award,” said Weisz. “MCE started as a dream in the Marin County Civic Center and community and I am grateful to the dedicated advocates, staff, elected officials, and customers who have made CCAs the success they are today. Our goal was to shape the energy industry into something that benefits both people and the environment. The hard work of CCAs across the state has changed the face of power in California and I am proud to be a part of that change.”

This year, 2020, also marks the anniversary of MCE’s first 10 years of service. During this time MCE has reinvested over $180 million in its member communities through cost savings, development of local renewable energy projects, and tailored customer programs. MCE’s impact stretches across its 36-community service area as well as into the entire state of California. For more information on the success of MCE’s first decade of service, please view the 10-year Impact Report.

CalCCA’s Board of Directors selects the recipient of the CCA Champion Award. Past awardees include Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Senator Mike McGuire, and Senator Mark Leno.

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About CalCCA
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 23 operational CCA programs in California serving more than 10 million customers. For more information about CalCCA, visit www.cal-cca.org.

About MCE
As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to more than 480,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin Napa and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

California CCAs Amass 6,000 MW in Long-Term Contracts with New-Build Clean Energy Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11.12.2020
Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

California CCAs Amass 6,000 MW in Long-Term Contracts with New-Build Clean Energy Resources

Expanding CCA sector continues to fuel clean energy development, green jobs, and economic growth throughout the state

Concord, Calif. – The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced today that Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in the state have to date signed long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for more than 6,000 megawatts (MW) with new-build clean energy resources.

The total includes almost 5,000 MW in executed renewable energy PPAs – an increase of 1,700 MW compared to a year ago – and more than 1,000 MW in battery energy storage contracts, a four-fold increase over last year. The increasing volumes reflect the important leadership position CCAs hold as the main drivers of new clean energy procurement in California.

“These new totals show that community choice energy providers are continuing to make great progress in securing the energy resources California needs to build a clean, affordable, and reliable electric system,” said CalCCA Executive Director Beth Vaughan. “At the same time, CCAs are driving economic recovery and job creation in the state when they are most needed.”

Each November for the last three years, CalCCA has provided a snapshot of the progress CCAs are making in securing new-build clean energy resources through long-term PPAs. This year’s update shows CCAs have added in a single year a record-setting amount of clean energy to their portfolios while bringing more diverse resources to the mix.

CCAs have signed in the last year renewable energy and energy storage PPAs totaling 2,800 MW, bringing the grand total to more than 6,000 MW in new-build solar, wind, biogas, energy storage, and, for the first time, geothermal energy. The geothermal power plant, slated for completion in 2021, will be the first new geothermal facility built in the California Independent System Operator balancing area in 30 years.

*hybridized storage is the amount of total energy storage that is paired with solar. **hybridized solar is the amount of total solar that is paired with energy storage

With record-breaking heat, rampant wildfires, and Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) threatening the stability of California’s power grid, energy storage is becoming an ever more important reliability resource. Aggregators are stepping up to ensure more storage is added to the grid with the signing of long-term battery energy storage contracts totaling 1,072 MW/3,847 megawatt-hours (MWh), quadruple the amount CCAs had at this time last year. About 72% of the total is co-located with solar generation facilities that will charge the batteries, allowing clean energy to be discharged at times of peak demand to boost reliability.

Seventeen CCAs have collectively signed 117 long-term PPAs with new solar, wind, biogas, geothermal, and energy storage facilities, up from 76 contracts in November 2019 – a 54% increase. The contract terms range from 10 to 25 years, or 17 years on average across all contracts. The clean energy resources are helping the CCAs meet their renewables portfolio standard (RPS) and long-term contracting requirements under SB 350, as well as local mandates set by CCA boards.

The 17 CCAs included in the PPA tally are Apple Valley Choice Energy, Central Coast Community Energy, Clean Power Alliance, CleanPowerSF, East Bay Community Energy, Lancaster Choice Energy, MCE, Peninsula Clean Energy, Pico Rivera Innovative Municipal Energy, Pioneer Community Energy, Rancho Mirage Energy Authority, Redwood Coast Energy Authority, San Jacinto Power, San Jose Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power, and Valley Clean Energy.

The clean energy projects are located in 21 California counties (up from 19 in 2019), from Humboldt County in the north to Riverside County in the south, as well as in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. Several projects are already operating, while others will become operational between 2020 and 2023. A map of project locations and a list of contracts can be found here.

Click to see a map of CCA clean energy projects

With several new CCA requests for offers (RFOs) currently underway and planned, the list of CCA long-term clean energy contracts is set to grow considerably in the coming year. Notably, a group of CCAs recently issued a joint RFO for 500 MW of long duration storage (LDS) with a minimum of eight hours of discharge duration. CCAs are procuring LDS to aid in meeting California’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets.

With a decade of successful operation in California, aggregators are viewed as reliable and stable counterparties and are proving adept at securing the cost-effective energy resources the state needs to meet ambitious climate action goals. Four CCAs – Central Coast Community Energy, MCE, Peninsula Clean Energy, and Silicon Valley Clean Energy – have investment-grade credit ratings, and more CCAs are expected to follow suit.

As of 2020, CCAs serve over 50 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of load, representing 28% of the load in the service areas of California’s three main investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison). Based on planned CCA launches over the next two years, CalCCA forecasts CCAs will serve 36% of IOU load in 2022.

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About CalCCA: 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 23 operational CCA programs in California serving approximately 10 million customers.

For more information about CalCCA and community choice, visit www.cal-cca.org. To stay current on CCA in California, sign up for our mailing list here.

CalCCA Proposes Policy Changes to Improve Reliability of California’s Electric System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9.9.2020
Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

CalCCA Proposes Policy Changes to Improve Reliability of California’s Electric System
CCA Association Calls for Immediate Action in Regulatory, Legislative, and Federal Arenas

Concord, Calif. – With record-breaking heat and rampant wildfires threatening the stability of California’s power grid, the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) is calling for immediate policy action to improve the reliability of the state’s electric system. In a letter sent today to Governor Gavin Newsom, CalCCA provides a series of recommendations that, if implemented, would help to avert future grid emergencies.

California power supplies were exceptionally tight during extreme heat storms that engulfed the state over the Labor Day weekend and in mid-August, and out-of-control wildfires have knocked out critical generation and transmission facilities. The emergency conditions, fueled by climate change, reveal an urgent need to reform the existing resource adequacy rules administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Independent System Operator (CAISO), and focus the state’s integrated resource planning (IRP) process more rigorously on supply reliability.

“As the root causes of the extreme emergency events are revealed, they may point directly to solutions necessary to mitigate the risk of repeating similar events in the future,” CalCCA Executive Director Beth Vaughan noted in the letter to the Governor. “Even without certainty regarding those causes, however, California can begin now to take steps to increase reliability through action in the regulatory, legislative, and federal arenas.”

CalCCA recommends the following near-term actions to improve the reliability of California’s electric system:

1. The CPUC should continue to ensure adequate supplies will be in place for summer 2021 requirements and beyond through the procurement track of the IRP process, and review its import restrictions in the context of the lessons learned during the extreme emergency events.

2. The Legislature should enact AB 3014 (Muratsuchi) to establish a Central Reliability Authority (CRA) responsible for planning and coordinating the state’s resource adequacy with the CAISO and, where necessary, procuring backstop supply.

3. California should support the expansion of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to standalone energy storage resources and the removal of charging restrictions currently limiting the flexibility of battery energy storage to support the state’s ramping and peak needs.

CalCCA also recommends the Governor appoint an Independent Review Panel to consider the results of a root-cause investigation of the strained grid conditions that led the CAISO to initiate rotating outages on August 14 and 15, leaving thousands of Californians without power. CAISO, the CPUC, and California Energy Commission (the Joint Agencies) are investigating the August events and will issue a report with their findings. A review panel, CalCCA asserts, should consist of former agency experts, non-market participants representing each of the three categories of load serving entities (IOUs, CCAs, and ESPs), and other key stakeholders.

“While the Joint Agencies are no doubt motivated to prevent future shortages, an objective eye will ensure that natural biases do not affect the characterization of the root cause or proposed mitigation measures,” CalCCA notes.

CCAs share the state’s strong interest in ensuring reliable energy supply and grid operations and have actively engaged in regulatory efforts to boost reliability. Collectively, CCAs have executed almost 5,000 MW (5GW) of long-term power purchase agreements for new-build solar, wind, geothermal, and energy storage projects. Additionally, CalCCA members have taken the following actions to bolster reliability and prepare for future grid emergencies:

  • Expanding the use of critical peak pricing and TOU pricing that maximizes incentives for shifting demand away from periods of high stress on the grid.
  • Exceeding their share of the three-year 3,300 MW resource adequacy procurement ordered in October 2019 (to be installed between 2021 and 2023).
  • Taking steps to form a Joint Powers Authority to enable cooperative procurement of large-scale resources (e.g., long duration storage projects).
  • Installing hybrid generation and storage solutions to enhance the reliability of new solar resources and to reduce emissions from existing resources.
  • Facilitating the installation of clean energy backup power systems at local critical facilities used by the community for disaster preparedness.

CCAs are prepared to do more and are committed to working with the Joint Agencies and the investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to support reliable energy service and ensure sufficient in-state renewable integration supply.

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About CalCCA: 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 21 operational CCA programs in California serving approximately 10 million customers.

For more information about CalCCA and community choice, visit www.cal-cca.org. To stay current on CCA in California, sign up for our mailing list here.

CalCCA Statement on Passage of SB 350 (Golden State Energy Act)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6.29.2020
Press Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

CalCCA Statement on Passage of SB 350

The California Community Choice Association appreciates the state’s efforts, through the passage of SB 350, the Golden State Energy Act, to ensure that a “Plan B” is in place should PG&E fail to exit bankruptcy, and/or fail in its safety performance under the terms of an enhanced oversight and enforcement process adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). We share the state’s desire to see PG&E regain its financial footing, fully compensate wildfire victims, and embrace a culture that is hyper-focused on the safety of its electric system and the people of California. At the same time, we encourage the state to support local government efforts to expand electricity options and provide more transparent and accountable alternatives to monopoly utility service in their communities.”

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About CalCCA: 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 21 operational CCA programs in California serving approximately 10 million customers.

For more information about CalCCA and community choice, visit www.cal-cca.org. To stay current on CCA in California, sign up for our mailing list here.

CalCCA Statement on the CPUC’s Central Procurement Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6.11.2020
Press Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

CalCCA Statement on the CPUC’s Central Procurement Decision

Concord, Calif. – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today adopted a framework that designates Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) as central buyers to procure local, multi-year resource adequacy. The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) issued the following response:

CalCCA is disappointed that the Commission has adopted a central procurement framework for local resource adequacy that puts investor-owned utilities (IOUs), rather than an independent entity, in the powerful role of central buyer. We remain concerned, and understandably so, that the playing field will not be level under such a framework, nor will it be transparent and neutral. This is yet another example of the CPUC favoring an outdated centralized energy system where power is concentrated with the IOUs. More specifically, the CPUC decision:

  • Is a significant departure from the current framework for ensuring local reliability.
  • Limits the scope of costs that CCAs can control for their customers.
  • Will have a significant effect on the RA market, moving from a market with many buyers of local RA to one dominated by PG&E and SCE.
  • Will blunt incentives for CCAs to invest in “behind the meter” resource solutions, allocating costs to all customers on the same basis, regardless of the unique efforts of their LSEs .
  • While characterized as a “local RA” mechanism, it allows the CPE to procure any associated system and flexible RA capacity with mandatory allocation of these rights to LSEs without sufficient time to position their portfolios for annual compliance.

CalCCA continues to support the terms of the settlement agreement, which would have established a residual central buyer framework, and put a “competitively neutral, independent and creditworthy entity” in the role of central buyer.

The settlement would achieve the state’s aims by reducing the need for CAISO backstop procurement, maintaining and enhancing a liquid and robust bilateral capacity market, while also preserving the self-procurement autonomy of load-serving entities (LSEs) including community choice aggregators. The settlement has the support of CalCCA, CAISO, Calpine Corporation, Independent Energy Producers Association, Middle River Power, NRG Energy, Inc., San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Shell Energy North America,  Western Power Trading Forum, among others.

Under the settlement agreement, a central procurement entity would be tasked with purchasing residual multi-year resource adequacy capacity on behalf of LSEs on an as-needed basis to ensure RA requirements are met. Energy providers would first have the option to self-procure some or all of their customers’ share of the required resources. If they choose not to self-procure, the central procurement entity would purchase resources to address any deficiencies. More information on the settlement can be found here.

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About CalCCA: 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 21 operational CCA programs in California serving approximately 10 million customers.

For more information about CalCCA and community choice, visit www.cal-cca.org. To stay current on CCA in California, sign up for our mailing list here.

Celebrating 10 Years of CCA in California!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5.1.2020
Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

2010-2020: A Decade of CCA in California

May 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in California. CCA has come a long way since MCE launched the first operational CCA program in Marin County in 2010. There are now 21 community choice energy providers successfully serving more than 10 million customers in 170+ cities and counties throughout California! Whether motivated by climate goals, clean energy at affordable rates, economic development and green jobs, transparency and accountability, or all of the above, CCA has proven effective at helping communities achieve their energy ambitions.

Launch timeline of CCA programs in California


CCA Growth

Over the last decade 200+ cities and counties have made the choice to implement CCA in their communities. More than 170 of those communities already have CCA service, and at least 30 more are expected to have CCA service in 2020-2021 as new programs launch and existing programs expand.

Map of CCA in California


Putting Renewable Energy on the Map

CCAs have signed long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for more than 3,000 Megawatts (MW) of new clean generation capacity, fueling renewable energy development, green jobs, and economic growth throughout California. Community choice energy programs now serve about 25 percent of the load in the territories of the state’s three main investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison). By 2022, it’s projected CCAs will serve about 38 percent of the IOUs’ load. You can find out more about CCA load and procurement here: https://cal-cca.org/cca-impact/.

Locations of New-Build Clean Energy Projects with CCA PPAs


Local Programs

CCAs do much more than invest in clean energy. Because CCAs are not-for-profit public agencies, excess revenues are reinvested in communities and used to fund innovative and tailored programs that suit community preferences and interests. Recently, community choice energy programs have allocated significant funds to COVID-19 relief efforts and grid resilience initiatives. Innovative CCA programs are the focus of CalCCA’s new Community Energy Innovation webinar series. You can browse the broad range of CCA programs by clicking on the image below or visiting this page.

A Catalogue of CCA Programs and Projects can be found here:
https://cal-cca.org/cca-programs/.


California is Powered by Community Choice

Over the last decade, local governments in cities and counties throughout the state have chosen to participate in CCA to meet climate action goals, provide residents and businesses with more energy options, ensure local transparency and accountability, and drive economic development and green jobs. To find out more about how Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) works and whether your community is Powered by Community Choice go to this page.

Who powers you? Find out at https://cal-cca.org/powered/.


California Community Choice Timeline

2002AB 117 Passed
California Legislature enables Community Choice Aggregation.

2006San Joaquin Valley Power Authority Formed
Led by the Kings River Conservation District, 14 communities form the San Joaquin Valley Power Authority with the goal of starting a CCA program.

2007SJVPA’s Plan is First to be Certified
Plan to provide CCA service in Central Valley communities is certified by the California Public Utilities Commission (SJVPA suspended its efforts in 2009).

2010Marin Clean Energy (now MCE) is Launched
Becomes the first CCA to serve customers in California.

2011SB 790 Passed
Legislature details rights of CCA agencies.

2016CalCCA Formed
The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) is created to represent the interests of CCAs at the California Legislature and regulatory agencies.

2020CCAs Serving More than 10 Million Customers
With 21 CCAs in operation and many more in progress, Community Choice Aggregation is set to reach more Californians than ever!


Thank you for joining us for this virtual celebration of CCA in California.
We appreciate your support!

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About CalCCA: 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 21 operational CCA programs in California serving approximately 10 million customers.

For more information about CalCCA and community choice, visit our website. To stay current on CCA in California, sign up for our mailing list here.

CalCCA Launching New “Community Energy Innovation” Webinar Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4.3.2020
Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

CalCCA Launching New “Community Energy Innovation” Webinar Series
Monthly Webinars to begin April 24

The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) is launching a new monthly webinar series on April 24 to facilitate the sharing of information and best practices within the CCA community and with the public at large.

As Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) continue to grow and flourish in California, they are advancing innovative, industry-leading projects and programs. CalCCA’s Community Energy Innovation (CEI) webinar series provides a platform for CCAs and their partners to share experiences in a variety of focus areas, including energy resilience, customer programs, load management, and power procurement.

Calpine Energy Solutions is the webinar series sponsor. Calpine’s sponsorship funding will go directly to charities around the state that are providing relief to vulnerable communities impacted the most by the Coronavirus pandemic in California.

Here is the initial CEI webinar schedule:

Ready for Takeoff: Humboldt County’s Airport Microgrid Project
Friday, April 24, @Noon
Speakers:
Matthew Marshall/Executive Director/Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Jim Zoellick/Managing Research Engineer/Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University

Register here for the April 24 webinar.

How California Communities are Driving Investment in EV Charging Infrastructure
Friday, May 29, @10:00 a.m.
Speakers:
Jessie Denver/Program Manager Transportation Electrification and Community Resilience/East Bay Community Energy
Kielan Rathjen/Special Advisor, Zero Emission Vehicle Policy/Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Accelerating Decarbonization and Local Investment Through Better Data Access
Friday, June 26, @Noon
Speakers:
Aimee Gotway Bailey/Director of Decarbonization and Grid Innovation/Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Devin Hampton, CEO/UtilityAPI

Please visit the CEI Webinars webpage for additional information.

Contact for CEI Webinar Series:
Leora Broydo Vestel
Director of Communications
California Community Choice Association
leora@cal-cca.org


Thank you to our webinar sponsor!


About CalCCA: 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 21 operational CCA programs in California serving approximately 10 million customers.

For more information about CalCCA and community choice, visit www.cal-cca.org. To stay current on CCA in California, sign up for our mailing list here.

Evelyn Kahl Joins CalCCA as General Counsel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3.4.2020
Press Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

Evelyn Kahl Joins CalCCA as General Counsel
Kahl to lead association’s policy team in support of community choice energy in California

Concord, Calif. – The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) is pleased to announce that Evelyn Kahl has joined CalCCA in the newly established role of General Counsel. Kahl brings to the role more than three decades’ experience representing energy industry clients, including Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), large electricity and natural gas customers, and self-generation developers.

Kahl is well known for her expertise in advocating for reasonable utility rules and rates before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state energy agencies, and her ability to bring diverse stakeholders to the table to find common ground solutions to complicated energy issues. With Kahl as general counsel, CalCCA is well-positioned to lead in offering workable solutions for California’s rapidly evolving energy system, while supporting the growth and long-term sustainability of community choice in California.

“We’re thrilled to have Evie in-house to lead our growing policy team,” said CalCCA Executive Director Beth Vaughan. “Evie is uniquely qualified to represent the interests of CCAs given her wealth of experience tackling complex energy matters in our primary regulatory settings and her ability to drive collaboration and consensus results.”

CalCCA first engaged Kahl in 2017 to represent the association in the CPUC’s Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) rulemaking. She has also represented CalCCA in the Resource Adequacy (RA) and Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) proceedings and worked to support the association’s legislative program.

Kahl successfully led CalCCA’s efforts in 2019 to reach a settlement agreement with key energy market stakeholders that proposes a new resource adequacy “central buyer” structure in California to help ensure the reliability of the state’s electric system, while preserving local procurement autonomy. The settlement parties include CalCCA, generators, energy service providers, and an investor-owned utility (IOU).

Kahl has also supported CalCCA in its co-leadership roles with IOUs in PCIA Phase 2 working groups, achieving consensus around the PCIA benchmark and IOU portfolio optimization. In the CPUC’s resource adequacy proceeding, Kahl successfully argued for a recent stay of the Commission’s decision on import RA.

Prior to joining CalCCA, Kahl was Shareholder in Buchalter’s San Francisco office and part of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group. Before joining Buchalter, she was a founding partner of Alcantar & Kahl LLP from 1998-2018.

Kahl is a member of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, the Association of Women in Water, Energy, and Environment, and is a certified mediator. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her B.A. magna cum laude from Concordia College. Kahl is included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in energy law.

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About CalCCA: 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 and community choice, visit www.cal-cca.org. To stay current on CCA in California, sign up for our mailing list here.

 

California CCAs Hit 3,000-Megawatt Mark for New Long-Term Clean Energy Contracts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11.7.2019
Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

California CCAs Hit 3,000-Megawatt Mark for New Long-Term Clean Energy Contracts

Community energy providers continue to procure resources state needs to meet ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals

Redondo Beach, Calif. – The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced today that Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in the state have in one year added another 1,000 Megawatts (MW) in long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with new renewable energy projects, bringing the grand total of new-build contracts signed to 3,195 MW. The achievement reflects the strength of the CCA commitment to advancing clean energy, economic development and green jobs throughout California.

To view a map of project locations and a full list of PPAs click here: https://cal-cca.org/cca-renewable-energy-map-and-list-of-ppas/

“CCAs are continuing to rapidly secure the clean energy resources California needs to meet ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals,” said Beth Vaughan, executive director of CalCCA. “At a time of unprecedented change in California’s energy sector, aggregators are providing stability, accountability and leadership when the state needs it most.”

In addition to securing renewable energy PPAs totaling 3,195 MW, aggregators have also signed long-term battery energy storage contracts for 239.5 MW/788 Megawatt-Hours (MWh) combined, with more than half – 149.5 MW/438 MWh – contracted for in the last year alone. Of the total, 212 MW/678 MWh, or about 86%, is co-located with solar panels that will charge batteries with sun power – energy that can be discharged at times of peak demand and to provide grid stability.

Notably, 13 CCAs – six more than last year – have now signed long-term PPAs in order to meet their renewables portfolio standard (RPS) and long-term contracting requirements under SB 350, as well as local mandates set by CCA Boards. Of the 13 CCAs, five launched just last year.

CalCCA announced the 3,000-MW milestone at the association’s Fourth Annual Meeting in Redondo Beach, where more than 450 attendees are gathered to discuss the latest developments in California’s energy market, and the key role community energy providers are playing in the state’s efforts to address climate change. Last November, CalCCA announced that CCAs had achieved a 2,000-MW milestone for long-term PPAs. In fact, aggregators have added approximately 1,000 MW in each of the last three years.

California’s CCAs have to date signed a total of 76 PPAs with new solar, wind, biogas and energy storage facilities, up from 59 contracts in November 2018 – a nearly 30% increase. The contract terms range from 10 to 25 years, or 18 years on average across all contracts.

The clean energy projects are located in 19 California counties (up from 17 in 2018), from Humboldt County in the north to Riverside County in the south, with one project located in Arizona and another in New Mexico. Several projects are already operating, while others will become operational between 2019 and 2022. A map of project locations and a list of contracts can be found here.

Several local projects have been added to the list in the last year. East Bay Community Energy, for example, signed a trio of local battery energy storage contracts to facilitate the shutdown of a fossil fuel-fired power plant in downtown Oakland. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority, meanwhile, is developing a local microgrid project at the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport. RCEA will own and operate the microgrid’s solar and energy storage systems.

Aggregators are expected to make long-term investments in more than 10,000 MW of new clean energy resources including solar, wind, geothermal and energy storage by 2030, and several CCAs are currently in the process of procuring new clean energy resources. To stay on top of CCA procurement news, sign up for CalCCA’s mailing list here. PDF of this press release is here.

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About CalCCA: 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.

 

CalCCA Statement on the San Diego City Council’s Decision to Join a Regional JPA to Implement CCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9.17.19
Press Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
(415) 999-4757 | leora@cal-cca.org

Today, in a -7-2 vote, the San Diego City Council gave the green light for the city to participate in the San Diego Regional Community Choice Energy Authority. The joint-powers authority (JPA) will govern and operate a regional community choice aggregation (CCA) program, with the primary goal of achieving a 100 percent renewable energy portfolio. San Diego – California’s second-largest city – is an affiliate member of the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA).

“CalCCA congratulates San Diego for moving ahead with CCA after a lengthy public process. We appreciate the city’s efforts to reach consensus with other communities in the region, and its willingness to make changes to the JPA agreement based on stakeholder input, all of which led to the creation of community-responsive principles for implementing CCA in the San Diego region,” said Beth Vaughan, CalCCA’s executive director. “CalCCA stands ready to support the city and its JPA partners as they continue on a path to launching a CCA program in 2021.”

About CalCCA
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.