Chico, Butte County moving toward purchasing power for residents

Oroville Mercury Register

Butte County and Chico are taking the first steps toward buying electrical power for their residents. That should save people in the two jurisdictions about 2 percent on their power bills when the process is completed by the start of 2021. The total savings would be about $5 million a year. The city and county governments have been discussing formation of what’s called a community choice aggregation for more than a year, but now concrete steps are being taken. This week, the Board of Supervisors approved a required ordinance to form the local CCA, which is being called Butte Choice Energy. The Chico City Council is scheduled to have the first reading of its ordinance Tuesday, with final approval Oct. 1.

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