Meet community choice aggregation, public powers first cousin

In a white paper released in May 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission estimated that as much as 25 percent of the retail electric load of investor-owned utilities in California will shift to another source by the end of the year, and as much as 85 percent within the next decade.

A major contributing factor to this dramatic shift is the rapid rise in community choice aggregators — units of local government that provide an alternate energy supply to customers in a defined city or region.

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Meet community choice aggregation, public powers first cousin