Community Choice Aggregation

Butte County and the City of Chico are currently researching whether Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) could be a good opportunity for its communities. CCA is a program that allows cities, counties and other qualifying governmental entities to purchase and/or generate electricity for their residents and businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why would we develop a local CCA?

 To date, CCAs have offered communities lower energy rates and community benefits throughout California. Butte County initiated a feasibility study to see if residents and businesses could experience the same benefits through a local CCA. The study showed that a CCA could work locally if customers in the City of Chico and unincorporated areas of the County participated in the program, and that it could provide these customers an initial 2 percent savings ($4 million in regional savings). 

Which areas of Butte County would be involved in a CCA?
Currently, the County and City of Chico are researching the feasibility of a CCA. If a local CCA is developed, other jurisdictions could join at a later date.

What is the current status of a local CCA?
The feasibility study was presented to the Board of Supervisors and the City Council. Both the Board and the Council provided direction to staff to gather input from businesses and residents, and to continue feasibility research. The topic will come back to the Board of Supervisors and the City Council for consideration in the fall. 

How can I give feedback or be involved?
Butte County and the City of Chico want to hear from the community on the potential of a CCA. There are three ways to engage on this process: 
Attend a community meeting
Complete a brief survey
Sign up to receive updates regarding a CCA

Will businesses and residents have to participate in the CCA?
If a local CCA is developed, current PG&E customers will be transitioned to the CCA. However, each customer will receive four notices relaying how they can opt-out of the CCA and stay with PG&E (two notices before the CCA launches, and two notices within the first 60 days that the CCA is operating).

I use solar at my home/business, will the CCA buy any excess power back?
The CCA governing board determines rates and programs. It’s likely that a local CCA would offer the same buy back options.

Will a CCA provide the same types of programs that PG&E offers? 
The local CCA governing board can develop programs based on local needs. Most existing CCAs offer the same programs as PG&E when they launch. 

Can you guarantee that the CCA will offer lower rates?
The CCA’s governing board develops the rates and programs for it’s customers. That being said, a CCA with rates higher than an investor-owned-utility could have a hard time maintaining customers. Overall, the benefit of a CCA is the ability to make decisions that work best for local customers.

Will I know what the CCA rates are in time to opt out and stay with PG&E?
Yes, rate information will be public, as will the CCA’s meetings and decision making process.  

Can I opt out in order to stay with PG&E, and join the CCA later?
 Yes, there will likely be a waiting period from the time you notify PG&E to when you become a CCA customer.

When will a decision be made regarding a local CCA? 
The Butte County Board of Supervisors will review community feedback and discuss whether staff should move forward with implementation at the Oct. 9 Board Meeting. The City of Chico will also discuss the issue at a future meeting. 

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Study Participants
The feasibility of a local CCA is being researched in partnership between: