Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is an energy supply model that allows local governments to supply their own electric power, through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and owned generation resources, while continuing to receive transmission and distribution service from an investor owned utility. CCAs are an excellent business tool to reduce the cost of electricity for residents and businesses, develop a local economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CCAs are currently legal in seven U.S. states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, and Rhode Island.

EES Consulting is currently providing technical energy consulting services such as CCA feasibility assessment, feasibility peer review services, and implementation and launch consulting to numerous CCA initiatives in California. EES has prepared CCA feasibility studies for Los Angeles County, Western Riverside Council of Governments, San Bernardino Council of Governments, Coachella Valley Association of Governments, and the City of San José. EES has also peer reviewed CCA feasibility studies for Alameda County, and the City of Solana Beach.

EES is currently serving as the technical CCA implementation consultant for both Los Angeles County (Los Angeles Community Choice Energy) and City of San Jose (San Jose Clean Energy). As part of those services, EES has prepared RFPs for power supply and data management services, developed CCA implementation plans for the CPUC, and managed regulatory compliance and engagement on behalf of the CCAs.

Los Angeles Community Choice Energy

EES Consulting prepared a feasibility analysis and Business Plan for Los Angeles County Community Choice Aggregation program that would include both the unincorporated county and the cities within it. The analysis included a load forecast, GHG emissions reduction analysis, and a rate comparison to the incumbent Investor Owned Utility Southern California Edison under multiple power supply scenarios. The LA County Board of Supervisors has subsequently voted to approve and launch a CCA and has retained EES Consulting to provide continued implementation consulting services.

San Jose Clean Energy

EES Consulting prepared a CCA feasibility study for the City of San José. In addition to providing a load forecast, GHG emissions reduction analysis, and a rate comparison, EES’s analysis evaluated multiple possible governance options, partnership options with other CCAs, and possible impacts on liability and rates that result from those options. The included figure illustrates a GHG reduction comparison of two possible CCA power supply scenarios vs the existing PG&E electric generation service.