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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 municipal cooperative for buying and generating electricity.

Using this new state granted authority, scores of California communities are now actively shifting to large scale renewable energy, and will soon end their dependence on PG&E's polluting, dangerous, and high priced fossil fuel electricity.

The California Public Utilities Commission is projecting that Community Choice programs will soon overtake the corporate monopoly utilities in acquiring energy for Californians. And these community programs are already delivering far higher percentages of clean renewable energy to customers, than are the monopoly utilities.

These programs are providing less expensive and more reliable energy through development of solar, wind power, efficiency, battery storage, and conservation. In most cases they are meeting at least 50% of local electricity needs through clean energy installations, and they are set to reach 100% clean energy to customers within the next decade - all at the same or lower rates than PG&E.

Community Choice law is making California a world leader on rapid and real solutions to the climate crisis.