We’re often asked “What do you look for when considering CCA in a new state?” “Where does it work best?” The truth is, there’s no single answer nor is it always a straight path to CCA adoption. Why? Because regulatory frameworks, electric power markets and policies/politics are very different around the country.
Let’s start with some basic context. At the 50,000 foot level, the US operates within 10 electric power markets and 3 regulatory frameworks:
CCAs are authorized at the state level in one of two ways: 1) through State legislation or 2) through regulation. Of the 8 states in which CCA currently exists, six are de-regulated (IL, OH, MA, NY, RI and NJ), two are partially de-regulated (CA and VA), and zero are in fully regulated states… although we aim to change that. Please see our “What is CCA” page for links to state statutes/enabling legislation.
Although there are some similarities depending on which electric power market a state operates in, each state has differences including existing regulations, state energy policies, political leadership and customer base. That said, we’ve identified 5 considerations when determining where CCA might work best :
As of November 2019, the State of Colorado is considering a CCA study bill, sponsored by Representative Edie Hooton, that has two elements:
The proposed bill is expected to be introduced in Colorado’s 2020 legislative session.
Click here to view a presentation LEAN made to Colorado’s Energy Legislation Review Interim Committee in November, 2019.
Several cities have indicated interest in the CCA model. Click here for LEAN’s recent presentation to AZ-ISA.
CCA: A Community Tool to Boost the Economy and Green the Grid, LEAN presentation in Colorado, March, 2019
Creating Economic Opportunity and Addressing Climate Change Through Community Choice Aggregation:
Community Choice Energy Coming to Oregon (published by Clearing Up October 19, 2018. See section 8 on page 4)
Coos Bay City Council presented with new energy model Community Choice Aggregation (published by The World, October 3, 2018)
While Portlanders Vote Nov. 6 on a Risky New Tax to Fund Energy Efficiency, Californians Move Forward With a Smarter Approach (published by Willamette Week, October 31, 2018)