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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, 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.  The City has initiated a process to evaluate if a CCA would be beneficial for the environment and economic development of Chula Vista. Results from the feasibility study will illustrate if there will be a cost-savings for a customer in a potential CCA while also determining the level of renewable energy that can be provided. 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

 Public Comment & City Council Presentation  July/August, 2019

 

News and Updates

The cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa and Santee have launched a joint Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) feasibility study RFP to assess the viability of a CCA in their respective communities. Potential consultants will be vetted and interviewed, and the contract will be awarded in the winter of 2019. The feasibility study is expected to begin spring of 2019. The study will be the first step to determine whether such a program would address the climate and clean energy goals of each city. Learn more about the collaboration in this joint press release.

On 2/19/19, Chula Vista City Council approved a two-party contract with EES Consulting, Inc. to provide a CCA technical feasibility study and a related cost-sharing agreement with the City of La Mesa and the City of Santee.

CCA Workshops

City staff will be presenting about the background and connection to our Climate Action Plan followed by a presentation about CCAs including CCA background, current CCAs in state, possible CCA approaches and an update on the City's ongoing study process.

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 or enterprise fund. Locally the City of San Diego is leading an effort to create a San Diego CCA JPA and based on the feasibility study results, Chula Vista may have the opportunity to participate. 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 is the status of Chula Vista’s CCA efforts?

The cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa and Santee have partnered on a joint study to assess the viability of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in their respective communities. The City of Chula Vista will manage the joint request for proposals process to identify consultants with expertise preparing CCA feasibility studies. The cities will share the cost of the study, which will take approximately eight months to complete once a consultant is contracted.

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.

City Documents

Chula Vista + La Mesa Press Release

Chula Vista + La MesaCCA Feasibility Study joint RFP

Chula Vista City Council approval for two-party contract and cost-sharing agreement

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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