Community Choice Energy

San Diego Regional Community Choice Energy Authority

On September 10, 2019, La Mesa City Council approved community choice aggregation (CCA) through a regional CCA program in partnership with Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and San Diego. The Board meeting schedule for the Authority is outlined below, and more information can be found on the Energy Authority's temporary webpage.

Board Meeting Schedule

  • Thursday, October 31 at 10 am in the City of La Mesa.
    • Council Chambers, 8130 Allison Ave. La Mesa, CA 91942.
  • Thursday, November 21 at 2 pm in the City of Chula Vista.
    • Council Chambers, 276 4th Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910.
  • Monday, December 9 at 10 am in the City of Encinitas
    • Council Chambers, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. Encinitas, CA 92024

FAQs

What is Community Choice Aggregation? 

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a model that allows communities to purchase power to meet their electricity needs, offering an alternative choice to the local incumbent utility (San Diego Gas & Electric). CCAs can provide the communities they serve with competitively priced, clean energy choices while reinvesting revenues into projects and programs, supporting the local economy.

How does Community Choice Aggregation work?

CCAs are established by local communities, either through the creation of a joint powers authority or enterprise fund. While CCAs are locally operated, they work in partnership with the existing investor owned utility (IOU). Through this partnership, CCAs determine the source and procure the electricity while the existing IOUs continue delivering the energy, maintaining the grid and providing billing services.

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What are the benefits of a CCA?

Potential benefits of CCAs include:

  • Increased customer choice.
  • Local control of resource decisions and rates.
  • Lower electricity costs.
  • Opportunities for innovative new energy programs (energy efficiency, distributed generation, economic development, etc.).
  • Support for local infrastructure investment.

How is a CCA funded?

A CCA is a self-funded, not-for profit entity created to ensure that financial benefits directly serve community members. Once launched, a CCA is completely funded by program revenue. Because CCAs are locally managed, not-for-profit entities, excess revenue is reinvested into the community through on-bill savings and innovative energy programs, including rebates, no-cost and low-cost energy programs, job training and employment programs and more.

Did La Mesa complete a CCA feasibility study? 

The City Council of La Mesa, Santee, and Chula Vista completed a joint Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) feasibility study to assess the viability of a CCA in their respective communities. The final Study can be found below under "City Documents". The study results show that a CCA in La Mesa could offer competitive rates with SDG&E while also supporting the City's greenhouse gas reduction goals. Learn more about the collaboration in this joint press release

What is the status of La Mesa’s CCA efforts? 

On September 10, 2019, La Mesa City Council approved community choice aggregation through a regional CCA program. Partners include the cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and San Diego. You can learn more about upcoming San Diego Regional Community Choice Energy Authority board meetings on its temporary webpage

Why is La Mesa moving forward with a CCA program?

In March 2018, City Council adopted La Mesa’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP charts a course to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in half and power the community with 100% clean electricity by 2035. Community Choice Aggregation is a potential mechanism to increase the amount of non-polluting, renewable energy and help the City achieve its target of 100% clean energy.

City Documents

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Operational CCAs

Sources: 

Much of the information above was provided by LEAN Energy U.S, the Local Government Commission, and CalCCA.

Community Choice Aggregation Pilot Project funded by California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program prepared by the Local Government Commission and Navigant Consulting, Inc. (2009)

CalCCA Community Choice Aggregation FAQ Sheet

Community Choice Aggregation Fact Sheet funded by California Energy Commission and Department of Energy prepared by the Local Government Commission

LEAN Energy – What is Community Choice?