Placer County Moves Closer to Utility Role

Placer County inched forward to purchasing and possibly generating energy on behalf of residents with a new joint-powers agreement for its Community Choice Aggregation program (CCA).

Several counties now use landfill gas, waste energy and other local resources to generate energy for local needs, including in Marin and Sonoma counties. Assembly Bill 117 passed in 2002, allowing cities or counties to purchase energy wholesale, possibly generate energy and manage power supplies for residents. Utilities like PG&E continue distributing energy and billing.

Jenine Windeschausen, treasurer-tax collector, gave an update at the Feb. 22 board meeting saying since last summer the program has: Signed agreements with consultants to develop energy load and supply portfolios; prepared rate structures to show soon; developed a community outreach plan; and started negotiating with energy suppliers.

At that meeting, supervisors approved a jointpowers agreement establishing the board with members from Placer County, Auburn, Rocklin, Lincoln and Colfax. The agreement also ensures the county is reimbursed for implementing the program.

Supervisors Jennifer Montgomery and Kirk Uhler were approved as the county’s representatives and one will come from each city or town. They were pleased.

“Any time we have opportunity to control our own destiny, we should take it,” Montgomery said. “Placer County is so rich in natural and renewable resources that will support a CCA. Any town would be foolish not to participate in this. I’m delighted this is moving forward.”

“This provides an exciting opportunity in Placer County and gives us effective tools for economic development.”

Placer County Moves Closer to Utility Role, by Michael Mott, Auburn Journal, March 31, 2017.

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