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.

How a CCA Could Work in Butte County

feasibility study regarding a local Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program showed that a CCA could work in Butte County and outlined several potential benefits for local electric customers. Specifically, the study showed that a CCA serving the City of Chico and unincorporated area of the County could provide an initial 2 percent savings to customers, with a total regional savings of $4 million. A CCA could also create additional programs to benefit local customers and community development.  

 

CCAs for Residents

Customer Savings
To date, CCAs have been able to provide competitive or lower cost electricity to their communities. The feasibility study conducted for Butte County conservatively projected a 2 percent savings for customers, which totals $4 million in savings if the City of Chico and Butte County participated in a CCA.  

Customer Choice
Existing CCAs throughout California have also been able to provide residents more renewable/green energy sources in addition to a base program that’s similar to the energy currently provided by PG&E. This allows customers to determine which plan best works for their household.

Local Control 
The CCA would be governed by a local Board of Directors, and residents would have greater access to this Board when providing input about rates and programs. The governing board determines local rates, special programs and how any revenue is reinvested locally. This allows customers the opportunity to engage with their utility at a local level. 


Community Development 
There are several ways in which a CCA can support local economic and community development. First, savings from energy bills puts money back in your pocket. Additionally, the CCA could invest in local energy projects, or offer special electrical rates to attract and support local businesses. Overall this could contribute to additional jobs in the area.

 

CCAs for Businesses

Lowered Overhead Costs
To date, CCAs have been able to provide competitive or lower cost electricity to their communities, as well as special rates to attract and support local business. The feasibility study completed for the County conservatively projects a 2 percent savings for customers (regardless of  any special rates for business), which lowers businesses' overhead costs.  

Customer Choice
Most CCAs in California offer their customers several plans to choose from that include a base option similar to what PG&E provides, as well as greener energy supply options. This means that a business can determine whether they would like to opt for greener energy options.    

Local Control
Most CCA governing boards are made up of elected officials that represent the participating cities, towns or counties. Because a CCA is a public entity, the public can access information regarding their CCA like any other local government agency. The governing board determines local rates, special programs and how any revenue is reinvested locally. 

Community Development
There are several ways in which a CCA can support local economic and community development. Energy savings reduces overhead costs. A CCA could also offer special rates to attract or support businesses, as well as invest in local energy projects.


Give Us Input

Butte County and the City of Chico want to hear from the community on the potential of a CCA. While the survey has closed and the community meetings have taken place, there are still ways to engage in this process: 

 

Current Status

  • The feasibility study was presented to the Butte County Board of Supervisors and the Chico 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 Butte County Board of Supervisors and the Chico City Council for consideration in the fall. 

 

Butte County Board of Supervisors Staff Reports

July 24, 2018
Findings of Technical Study Related to Feasibility of Community Choice Aggregation
Powerpoint Presentation
Board Presentation Video

August 8, 2017
Contract with EES Consulting, Inc. for a Technical Study Related to Feasibility of Community Choice Aggregation
Powerpoint Presentation

May 9, 2017
Contract with EES Consulting, Inc. for a Technical Study Related to Feasibility of Community Choice Aggregation

June 14, 2016
Authorization to Issue a Request for Proposal for a Technical Study Related to Community Choice Aggregation

August 25, 2015
Update on Current and Proposed Energy Initiatives
CCA Powerpoint Presentation


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