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Community Choice Aggregation: Feasibility and Program Development

In October 2015, EES Consulting began feasibility assessment and program development services for Los Angeles County in forming a “Community Choice Aggregation” (CCA). CCAs enable local governments to pool the energy load of their constituents to gain local control over energy rates and power purchasing decisions, while leaving billing and grid management to the investor-owned utility. CCAs are legal in seven U.S. States and are currently under consideration in three others. In California, three CCAs are already in operation, two more are launching this year, and 21 others are either in the process of forming or exploring the option.

EES Consulting prepared a 20-year load forecast for the potential service area, evaluated power supply options, and completed a cost-of-service study as part of the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE) Feasibility Analysis. In addition, EES evaluated financing options, economic development outcomes, and conducted a sensitivity analysis on results. Going forward, EES Consulting will complete both the LACCE Business Plan and Implementation Plan. Since May of 2016, EES Consulting has also begun providing these services to Western Riverside Council of Governments, San Bernardino Associated Governments, and Coachella Valley Association-Government (TriCOG).

I-937 Conservation Target Setting

EES Consulting has been conducting conservation potential assessments every two years since 2009 for utilities subject to I-937 conservation target setting requirements (Washington’s Energy Independence Act).  Most recently, EES Consulting staff completed ten Conservation Potential Assessments (CPAs) for the 2016/2017 biennium.  The CPAs estimated 20-year cost-effective and achievable potential for individual utilities based on their unique service areas and avoided costs.   Several changes have occurred since the last planning period including new codes and standards and achievement.  All of these factors were considered along with the latest measure data from the Regional Technical Forum and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Seventh Power Plan.  The resulting 2016/2017 biennium targets reflect improved efficiencies in the marketplace, historic achievement, and unique avoided costs and service areas.  Targets will be achieved through utility programs, NEEA efforts, and future momentum savings.  The reports and models will be audited by the State Auditor’s Office in 2018.