Description: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a local, not-for-profit governmental program that procures electrical power on behalf of its residents, businesses, and governmental entities. The agency administering the Community Choice program may also elect to create or manage energy efficiency programs and other greenhouse gas emission reducing activities.
When a community, or group of communities, decides it wants to pursue a Community Choice program, a typical first step is to identify funding in order to produce a technical study. The technical study analyzes the electrical load of the community and offers projections about the kinds of power mix and rates that might be possible. Once the early investigation is complete, the jurisdiction or group of jurisdictions must pass an ordinance stating the intention to form a Community Choice agency by entering into a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with other participating jurisdictions (municipalities or counties). It is also possible for individual jurisdictions to join an existing JPA.
Goal: CCA Program in all states where enabling legislation has been passed
Measurement: 100% of eligible counties/cities participate in a CCA
Time to Implement: Ranges from 2 to 5 years or more, depending on location & number of JPA parties
Clean Power Exchange – Community Choice 101
Map of CCA status in California Counties
Marin Clean Energy
Sonoma Clean Power
City of Lancaster Community Choice
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA): Helping Communities Reach Renewable Energy Goals
Starting a new CCA
Policy Analysis: The Power of Customer Choice in Energy: A California Case Study in Accelerating Clean Energy Transitions