CA Energy co-ops survive legislative maneuver

ARTICLE SOURCE: SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE
By Morgan Lee July 3, 2014

A proposal that would have made it difficult to create community-based energy districts to collectively purchase electricity has been stripped from legislation pending in Sacramento.

Under state law, local governments can pool utility customers into a "community-choice aggregator" to collectively purchase electricity or develop new power sources.

Legislation approved by the Assembly in May would have required individual customers to actively choose to participate in a CCA, making it more difficult to bring together enough customers to effectively bargain for cheap electricity. The provision was deleted by a Senate committee, according to revisions to Assembly Bill 2145 published this week.

The opt-in provision ran into opposition from a long list of business associations, environmental groups and public officials aligned with the clean-energy sector. The City of San Diego, which is studying CCA adoption, passed a resolution against the original legislation. San Diego County also is evaluating how a CCA might fit into its plans for renewable energy.

CCAs based in Marin and Sonoma counties offer a greater share of power from solar, wind or other renewable sources than the area's investor-owned utility, Pacific Gas and Electric.

CCAs based in Marin and Sonoma counties offer a greater share of power from solar, wind or other renewable sources than the area's investor-owned utility, Pacific Gas and Electric.

An citizen-led effort is under way to create a CCA within San Diego Gas & Electric territory called the San Diego Energy District.


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