In October 2016 the first five Community Choice agencies formed a formal association called the California Community Choice Association, committed to protecting the interests of California’s Community Choice clean electricity providers and their customers.
“CalCCA represents the interests of California’s Community Choice electricity providers in the legislature and at the relevant regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board.” [website excerpt]
Electric Service Providers
Once a Community Choice effort is further along, technical studies are completed, and the community is approaching the launch of a Community Choice Energy program, Electric Service Providers (ESPs) come into play. ESPs are the companies that supply wholesale electricity and/or assist in developing electricity generation assets. The California Public Utilities Commission maintains a list of Electric Service Providers registered to operate in California.
Specialized Community Choice Consultants
Several California-based consultants offer a variety of technical, legal, regulatory, legislative, and communications services and expertise to emerging Community Choice agencies in California. In alphabetical order they are:
“Represents clients in various forums including the…California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board, California Independent System Operator, and California Energy Commission.’ [website excerpt]
“Helps local governments through the design process of a CCA, including setting renewable energy targets and quantifying both GHG benefits and employment benefits from local renewables development. Carbonomics also helps draft the regulatory documents needed to certify a CCA.” [website excerpt]
“An association of legal professionals with more than a half century of collective experience in regulatory and transactional work for the energy industry, with a particular emphasis on the development of competitive markets in California and the West.” [website excerpt]
“Works with local governments to launch a community-based alternative to monopoly electricity service [and] is uniquely focused on localization as a strategy in an industry that is addicted to centralized, remote power.” [website excerpt]
“We advise public entities regarding all aspects of the formation and operation of CCAs and represent them before the California Public Utilities Commission and other agencies such as the California Independent System Operator and California Energy Commission.” [website excerpt]
“Delivers business and regulatory solutions to energy supply, clean energy production, energy infrastructure, and energy demand issues. We know energy because our singular focus is energy.” [website excerpt]
“Managing more Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs than any other energy management firm, Good Energy uses its national experience to design and implement the most successful turnkey CCA programs.” [website excerpt]
Community Choice Advocacy Organizations
Several California and national organizations exist with missions to defend and advocate for Community Choice. This includes:
“A statewide coalition of organizations and communities using the State’s 2002 Community Choice energy law to help our communities get electricity from cleaner, less expensive and locally managed sources rather than the high-priced, fossil fuel energy provided by the corporate monopoly utilities.” [website excerpt]
“The mission…is to promote the growth of the solar industry and expand the use of all solar technologies throughout California. Much of CALSSA’s work is done through our 15 working committees.” [website excerpt]
“ECC mission is to help California reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by the most effective, timely, affordable, efficient, least polluting, socially just, and community-based means possible.” [website excerpt]
“A community of pragmatic innovators working for a smart and clean energy future and informing integrated local energy decision-making. Our primary themes are local clean energy integration and more effective engagement between local jurisdictions and energy utilities toward development of local energy resources.” [website excerpt]
“We envision a future for the Bay Area that is powered by renewable energy, with the majority coming from local, decentralized electricity generation that provides affordable, reliable, and clean power. We envision the Bay Area revitalizing and rebuilding its communities around public gathering places, events, and locally owned businesses, all powered by local clean energy.” [website excerpt]
“The mission…is to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy through 100% renewable, locally-generated electricity in San Diego County, southern California and all local communities.” [website excerpt]
“Our commitment to local clean energy for communities within San Luis Obispo County requires us to seek out independent leaders and help empower them toward understanding and implementing a local Community Choice Energy Program.” [website excerpt]
“Designed expressly to help cities in Southern California Edison territory to participate in Community Choice Aggregation without having to sacrifice control often associated with JPAs or taking on the significant liability of a single entity CCA.” [website excerpt]
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