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The City’s 2017 Climate Action Plan set a goal of utilizing 100% clean renewable energy in our community.  Clean energy provides a range of benefits from improving the health and security of our communities to creating more jobs in clean energy and technology industries.  One possible path to help achieve that goal is evaluating the feasibility of a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, also known as Community Choice Energy (CCE), as identified in the 2017 CAP as implementation action 3.2.2.A.. CCAs give residents and businesses an opportunity to choose who will purchase energy on their behalf, either the CCA or the incumbent utility, and the renewable content of their electricity.  In late 2018, the City initiated a process to evaluate if a CCA would be beneficial for the environment and economic development of Chula Vista and results can be found below. All publicly available documents related to this effort will be posted here.   

 

Community Choice Aggregation Timeline

Notice of Intent to Award Feasibility Study

December, 2018

Council Adoption of Feasibility Study consultant contract and cost-sharing agreement

February, 2019

Feasibility Study Contract Inception

March, 2019

Two Public Workshops
May, 2019
Sustainability Commission Feasibility Study Presentation
July 8, 2019
City Council Feasibility Study Presentation July 23, 2019
Sustainability Commission Governance Presentation
August 12, 2019
City Council Governance Presentation
August 13, 2019
JPA Agreement to City Council
September, 2019
Potential JPA File Implementation Plan with CPUC
December, 2019

 

News and Updates

After City Council’s unanimous adoption of the CCA Feasibility Study in July 2019, Councilmembers directed City staff to return in August 2019 with information on two of the possible CCA governance options.  City staff returned with information about the “Regional JPA” and “Enterprise JPA” governance options and were instructed to pursue CCA formation through the Regional JPA approach.  Staff worked with JPA partners and returned September 2019 with documents that allow the City to join the JPA and formalize the intent to participate in a CCA program.  In September 2019, the city councils of the cities of San Diego, La Mesa, Encinitas, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista all voted to work together to form the San Diego Regional Community Choice Energy Authority (SDRCCEA) and will be working over the next several months on forming a board and creating an implementation plan. JPA staff will file required documents with the California Public Utilities Commission before the end of 2019 in order to be able to provide power to its potential ratepayers in 2021.

The members of the SDRCCEA board as follows:

City of Chula Vista

 City of Encinitas

City of Imperial Beach

 

City of La Mesa

 

City of San Diego

 

Steve Padilla, Councilmember

 

Joe Mosca, Councilmember

 

Mark West, Councilmember

 

Bill Baber, Vice Mayor

 

Monica Montgomery, Councilmember

 

John McCann, Councilmember (alternate)

 

Catherine Blakespear, Mayor (alternate)

 

Paloma Aguirre, Councilmember (alternate)

 

Greg Humora, Assistant City Manager (alternate)

 

Jennifer Campbell, Councilmember (alternate)

 

 

San Diego Regional Community Choice Energy Authority

JPA documents and agendas

Feasibility Study

The cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa and Santee launched a joint Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Feasibility Study to assess the viability of a CCA in their respective communities in early 2019. The Request for Proposals (RFP) was released in October 2018 and EES Consulting was selected by City Council in February of 2019.  Two public workshops were held in May 2019 to provide information about CCA basics and the Feasibility Study.  The Feasibility Study was approved by City Council on July 23, 2019 and found that a CCA is economically feasible in Chula Vista and could provide community benefits such as lower electrical rates, lower greenhouse gas emissions and increased local control.  A link to the full report is below.

City Documents

Chula Vista + La Mesa Press Release regarding RFP

Chula Vista + La Mesa Feasibility Study Joint RFP

CCA Feasibility Report

CCA Workshops

City staff and their consultants presented information about CCA basics, the Feasibility Study and how it connects to the City’s Climate Action Plan at two public workshops.  They were held at the Civic Center Library on May 28, 2019 and the Otay Ranch Library on May 29, 2019 and the presentations can be viewed with the link below.

Presentation - CCA Intro

Presentation - CCA Background

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. This short video has more information. 

How does Community Choice Aggregation work?

CCAs are established by local communities, either through the creation of a joint powers authority (JPA) or enterprise fund. Locally the Cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, La Mesa and Encinitas have created a San Diego CCA JPA based on feasibility study results. 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.

What will my energy bill look like in a CCA? Click here to see Sample CCA Bill

How is a CCA funded?

A CCA is a self-funded, not-for profit entity created to ensure that any 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, any 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.

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?

 

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