Monday, November 14, 2016

USA, California: Another Community Choice Aggregator in Golden State

California county files community choice aggregation plan (Utility Dive)

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), a community choice aggregation program representing towns in Humboldt County, has filed its supply plan with the California Public Utilities Commission, according to a the Times-Standard.

The Times-Standard reports RCEA, with help from The Energy Authority, will use local biomass and other renewables to serve five towns and unincorporated areas in the county. The RCEA could begin supplying power to Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Blue Lake and Trinidad within six months.

California allows community choice providers to establish rates that support their own power mix, typically in an attempt to supply customers with more carbon-free energy. Customers would be able to opt out of the program, however, and remain with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). PG&E will continue to bill customers despite if they receive their power through the CCA program.