Eight California CCAs Companion to Type New Joint Powers Authority
Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) on the North and Central Coast have established a new Joint Powers Authority (JPA) – California Community Power. The JPA enables CCAs to combine their purchasing power to source new, low-cost resources for clean energy and reliability, and to further advance local and state climate goals.
The CCAs that make up California Community Power represent 2.6 million customer accounts and 6.6 million people in more than 140 communities stretching from Humboldt County to Santa Barbara County. The CCAs serve a combined annual load of 32,600 GWh, which is roughly 40% of PG & E’s annual electrical load. Member CCAs include: Central Coast Community Energy, East Bay Community Energy, MCE, Peninsula Clean Energy, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, San José Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Sonoma Clean Power. CleanPowerSF is aiming for membership.
“Over the years, as the CCA movement has grown, CCA’s joint sourcing efforts have increased for large renewable energy and energy storage projects,” said Beth Vaughan, executive director of the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA). “Creating California Community Power is a truly community-centric approach to promoting clean energy, greater reliability and lower costs for tariff payers.”
Further advantages of the new JPA are improved bargaining power, greater procurement of renewable energies and storage projects, joint risk reduction and improved innovation opportunities, as the first major joint procurement of 500 MW long-term energy storage shows. With the long-term request for quotation, a minimum contract of 10 years for grid-charged technologies is sought, which should go online by or before 2026 with a discharge time of at least eight hours. The application is currently in the project evaluation phase.
According to the JPA structure, individual members are not required to participate in any procurement or joint project. Each CCA is represented on the Board of Directors by its CEO or other agent, who acts as a public body with open and transparent meetings under the Brown Act. The JPA structure protects members from additional liabilities, so there is no additional risk for members. Each CCA maintains its community-based, local autonomy to meet the needs of its customers and its region.
For more information, visit the California Community Power website, which is currently under development.