CPUC President Discusses CCAs’ Role in Western Energy Transition

California Energy Markets

Formerly disruptors, community choice aggregators are moving into a maturation phase and becoming an equal player with large investor-owned utilities, but challenges remain, according to a recent interview with California Public Utilities Commission President Alice Busching Reynolds.

Reynolds is a former energy advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who appointed her as CPUC president effective Dec. 31, 2021. Reynolds, confirmed by the state Senate in August 2022, spoke on May 19 at the annual meeting of the California Community Choice Association.

CCAs play a major role in the clean-energy transition at a time when climate-related events are growing on the grid and other efforts such as electrifying transportation and buildings are underway, she said. Maintaining a connection to communities as this happens is critical, according to Reynolds, who was interviewed by Geof Syphers, CEO of Sonoma Clean Power.

“We need to think about doing things differently and what we should be doing differently, especially with the connection to communities,” Reynolds said. “We also have to figure out how to do this energy transition in a way that is connected to communities, and those things are hard.”

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