In the News

January 7, 2019

In the News

WHY DOES YOUR DECEMBER ELECTRICITY BILL LOOK DIFFERENT?, Berkeleyside, December 11

Some Berkeley residents were puzzled when they opened their electric bills this month, noticing a new “East Bay Community Energy” charge. Unless they opted out, Berkeley ratepayers were automatically switched over to a new electricity provider in November. EBCE is run by Alameda County, which purchases and provides the energy instead of PG&E, which still handles billing and manages power lines.

COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION CAN ACCELERATE LOCAL SOLAR GROWTH IN CITIES AND COUNTIES, Solar Power World, December 4

CCAs are growing, especially in California. The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced in November that CCAs in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2 GW, “reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic development in California and help the state achieve ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals,” according to a CalCCA press release.

COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION PUTS COMMUNITIES IN CONTROL OF THEIR ELECTRICITY, Union of Concerned Scientists, September 10

CCAs offer an alternative to traditional utilities and are designed to give communities a voice in where their electricity comes from. In California, many CCAs are striving to provide their customers with more renewable energy at lower costs than traditional utilities.

COMMUNITY CHOICE IS DRIVING CALIFORNIA’S PRECOCIOUS ENERGY REVOLUTION, Forbes, August 2

California is on track to meet its clean-energy goals a decade early thanks in part to communities demanding and delivering renewable energy faster and cheaper than utilities can, according to a report released this morning. A growing number of Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in California are not only delivering a higher percentage of renewable energy than utilities, they’re also causing utilities to offer a higher percentage, according to the report by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation.