Meetings are planned in Chico and Oroville to provide information and take feedback on a proposal that would see Butte County and Chico buying electrical power for their citizens.
Under a community choice aggregation program, a government entity buys power on the open market, which can result in savings. Locally, PG&E would still deliver the power and retain ownership of the power lines and other electrical infrastructure, but it would be delivering power provided by the county and city.
A feasibility study of a local CCA including the unincorporated areas of the county and Chico could save customers at least 2 percent on their electricity bills, totaling $4 million.
The other municipalities could join in, but in the minimum Chico and the county would both have to participate to provide the necessary customer base.
Earlier this summer, the feasibility study was presented to the Board of Supervisors and the Chico City Council, and both directed staff to gather additional input, and look at funding options.
Four meetings have been set to provide more information and take comments:
• Oroville: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Southside Community Center, 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road.
• Chico: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Chico Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Ave.
Much more information is available at https://power.buttecounty.net. A signup for email updates is also available at that site.
There’s also a short survey asking whether a CCA is a good idea, and what aspects of it are more important: lower cost, local control, the potential for green energy, and/or economic development. The survey will be available until Sept. 19.
The topic will come back to the supervisors and council for consideration this fall.
Meetings scheduled on government power-buying proposal, by Staff, The Chico Enterprise-Record, September 3, 2018.