Butte County begins to explore CCA

Butte County is currently exploring ways to reduce energy costs through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). County staff began working with industry and the public to gain a better understanding of the potential benefits of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA allows local governments to become an energy purveyor and to purchase electrical energy on the wholesale market from any source. A CCA chooses the course of electrical power for the community and sets its own rates. A CCA only provides electricity and does not own poles or wires. Utilizing a CCA model, electricity continues to be delivered using PG&E transmission and distribution lines.

Due to more recent factors, such as decreases in the cost of electricity, CCA has become a viable option once again for many communities, and many communities throughout California are pursuing opportunities through CCA. Following the presentation of this information to the Board of Supervisors on June 14, 2016, the Board provided staff direction to move forward with a RFP for a CCA Technical Study for the unincorporated area, Paradise, Chico, and Oroville, in order to determine whether or not CCA could be a viable, cost competitive alternative for our region.

View the CCA RFP draft here: community-choice-aggrigation-_sc-memo-2-8-30-16. Your input is welcome on the Scope of Work, which begins on page 4-11 of the document.

Please contact Jennifer Macarthy, Deputy Administrative Officer, at (530) 538-2554 or jmacarthy@buttecounty.net if you have any questions, or need additional information.

 

Community Choice Aggregation, by California North State Manufacturer’s Directory, Manufacture-Directory.com, June 2018.

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