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What Is Community Choice Energy?

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) was passed as California state law in 2002, to enable local communities to stop purchasing power from for-profit utilities, and instead assume the role themselves of providing electricity to their residents and businesses.

It allows any California city, county, or group of cities, to form a local nonprofit cooperative for buying and generating electricity.

Using this new state granted authority, communities like San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Marin and Sonoma counties, are now actively shifting to large scale renewable energy, and could soon end their dependence on PG&E's polluting and high priced fossil fuel electricity.

These projects will provide cheaper, more reliable energy through development of solar, wind power, efficiency, and conservation; and in most cases are planned to meet at least 50% of local electricity needs through clean energy installations within the next decade, and at the same or lower rates than PG&E.

If kept strong, the Community Choice law will make California a world leader on rapid and real solutions to the climate crisis.