Community Choice Energy
Community Choice Energy (CCE), also known as Community Choice Aggregation, enables local governments to leverage the purchasing power of their residents, businesses, and governmental entities to purchase or generate power for their communities. When the State of California deregulated the energy market in 1997, many Californians switched to energy providers other than the investor-owned utilities. Following the energy crisis of 2000-01, the state suspended consumer choice of electricity providers. As a response to the closing of the open market, Assembly Bill 117 was passed in 2002, establishing CCE.
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Benefits of CCE
The CCE model puts energy purchasing and pricing options into the hands of local decision-makers and allows the community to determine what type of energy mix serves its needs. In many cases, existing CCE programs around the state have been able to offer energy with a higher renewable energy content at rates that are competitive with the existing utility's rates. Because a CCE operates as a local non-profit, CCE revenues can also be reinvested in the community in the form of clean energy projects and incentive programs, both of which can spur local economic opportunities.
Central Coast Power
Central Coast Power is a collaborative effort among the County of Santa Barbara and the Cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. The four local governments are in the process of forming a joint powers authority that will create and administer a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program serving Santa Barbara County.