Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) allows public agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of customers, instead of relying completely on investor owned utilities (like PG&E) to both procure and deliver power. The goal of CCA (which is also called community choice energy) is to provide cleaner, greener, and more local electricity to customers.
Alameda County is conducting an analysis of forming a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to potentially serve local jurisdictions, including Berkeley. One of the key objectives of the Alameda County analysis would be to determine whether CCA can help the City achieve its Climate Action goals. Under a CCA, PG&E would continue to maintain the power grid, respond to outages, and send monthly bills. Customers would have a choice to continue to purchase power directly from PG&E by opting out of the CCA.
Upcoming Workshop: The Berkeley Energy Commission and the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development are hosting a free public workshop on Community Choice Energy on Saturday May 14, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at the Berkeley Public Library Main Branch Community Room at 2090 Kittredge Street. The goal of the workshop is to provide community members with an overview of Community Choice Energy and to solicit public comments to inform the Commission’s recommendation to Council. The City of Berkeley will have the opportunity to vote to join Alameda’s Community Choice Energy program in the fall. See workshop flyer.
Other Local CCAs
- Marin Clean Energy Marin Clean Energy (MCE) was launched in May 2010 as California's first Community Choice Aggregation program. It serves Marin County, unincorporated Napa County, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, and Benicia customers.
- Sonoma Clean Power serves Sonoma County
- CleanPowerSF serves San Francisco starting in 2016
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