FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5.1.2020
Contact: Leora Broydo Vestel
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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
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
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:
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
2002 – AB 117 Passed
California Legislature enables Community Choice Aggregation.
2006 – San 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.
2007 – SJVPA’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).
2010 – Marin Clean Energy (now MCE) is Launched
Becomes the first CCA to serve customers in California.
2011 – SB 790 Passed
Legislature details rights of CCA agencies.
2016 – CalCCA Formed
The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) is created to represent the interests of CCAs at the California Legislature and regulatory agencies.
2020 – CCAs 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!
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.