In 2002, Assembly Bill 117 opened the door for California jurisdictions to develop Community Choice Aggregation ("CCA") programs, also known as Community Choice Energy ("CCE"). CCAs are programs that allow local governments to purchase energy on behalf of their communities, while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility provider. For decades, Southern California Edison ("SCE") has been the sole entity that acquired power for a majority of Southern California. Through a CCA, local agencies can also become a power purchaser for consumers, which introduces a new level of competition in the energy market and expands consumer choice.
It is important to note that the CCA’s role is limited to the purchasing of power, not its delivery. Through a CCA, SCE would continue to remain the service provider in all other steps related to the energy delivery cycle: transmission, distribution, metering, and billing.
The City of Lake Forest is not considering joining a CCA at this time. However, staff remains available to receive your questions and comments regarding CCA. If you would like to submit a question or comment, please click here.
|July 4, 2021||Pop Up City Hall (4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)||Lake Forest Sports Park & Recreation Center|
|June 17, 2021||HOA Roundtable||Lake Forest Civic Center|
|April 24, 2021||Pop Up City Hall (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)||Heroes Park|
|May 10, 2021||Lake Forest Town Hall: CCA 101 Presentation||City Council Chambers/Zoom Meeting|
Staff worked in conjunction with the CCA Ad Hoc Subcommittee to develop the list of five survey questions that were posed through FlashVote to attain statistically valid public input. The survey was live from Wednesday, May 19, to Friday, May 21, for approximately 48 hours. 325 total participants responded to the survey. To view the results, click here.
In 2017, the Lake Forest City Council began discussing CCA, which enables local jurisdictions to form a separate public agency that purchases energy directly from power suppliers rather than Investor-Owned Utilities ("IOU") such as SCE. At that time, the City Council was interested in exploring the potential formation of a CCA and monitoring developments regarding CCA’s in Orange County. Over the next three years, the City Council continued to discuss CCA programs.
In 2020, the City of Irvine initiated the process of formation of a CCA and invited Orange County cities that procure energy solely through SCE, to join. The following section provides background information regarding City Council discussions and actions related to the Orange County Powers Authority (“OCPA”), the Irvine-initiated Orange County Joint Power Authority ("JPA").
Recent City Council Discussions Regarding CCA:
Over the past several months, the City Council agendized discussions about the OCPA to discuss its potential merits and receive further information. The following table summarizes key dates and direction provided by the City Council:
|July 6, 2021||City Council Meeting||The City Council voted 3-0-1 to table CCA discussions until further notice.|
|April 6, 2021||City Council Meeting||The City Council voted to approve the CCA Ad-Hoc Subcommittee's recommended engagement plan. Staff and the CCA Ad-Hoc Subcommittee will meet and create educational materials over the next 2 months.|
|February 16, 2021||City Council Meeting||The City Council voted to withdraw from the OCPA and directed staff to work with an Ad-Hoc Subcommittee focused on CCA education and outreach. The mission of the Ad-Hoc Subcommittee is to educate residents and businesses on CCA and assess the energy goals of the community.|
|February 2, 2021||City Council Meeting||The City Council directed staff to send two communications to the OCPA: a letter to the OCPA Board of Directors containing proposed JPA amendments and the transmittal of 19 questions regarding the JPA and JPA Agreement directly to OCPA staff.|
|January 19, 2021||City Council Meeting||The City Council directed staff to work with the CCA Ad-Hoc Subcommittee to draft a letter to the OCPA that included the City’s questions and concerns related to participation in the JPA and desired amendments to the JPA agreement.|
|December 15, 2020||City Council Meeting||The City Council voted to join the OCPA with the understanding it could withdraw from the JPA without penalty in the first quarter of 2021. The City Council also directed staff to hire an independent consultant to review energy load data, review the OCPA JPA, and advise staff on next steps.|
|December 1, 2020||City Council Meeting||The City Council received information on the OCPA JPA, and draft pro forma analyses. The City Council voted to agendize a CCA discussion for the following City Council meeting.|
|October 6, 2020||City Council Meeting||The City Council authorized the City Manager to work with EES Consulting, the City of Irvine’s CCA consultant, to obtain load data from SCE, and reconvene for discussion at a future City Council meeting.|
IOUs partner with CCAs to compare typical electric rates, average monthly charges, and generation portfolio data. Provided below are Joint Rate Comparisons ("JRC") between Pacific Gas & Electric (“PG&E”), San Diego Gas & Electric, ("SDG&E"), SCE, and CCAs.
Each JRC is pulled directly from its corresponding IOU website.
|Service Start Date||
|Clean Power San Francisco||PG&E||Enterprise||May 2016||3,315|
|East Bay Community Energy||PG&E||JPA||January 2018||6,200|
|Marin Clean Energy||PG&E||JPA||May 2010||5,275|
|Central Coast Community Energy||PG&E||JPA||March 2018||3,202|
|Peninsula Clean Energy||PG&E||JPA||October 2016||3,600|
|Pioneer Community Energy||PG&E||JPA||2018||n/a|
|Redwood Coast Energy Authority||PG&E||JPA||May 2017||699|
|San Jose Clean Energy||PG&E||Enterprise||September 2018||3,286|
|Silicon Valley Clean Energy||PG&E||JPA||April 2017||3,898|
|Sonoma Clean Energy||PG&E||JPA||May 2014||2,502|
|Valley Clean Energy Alliance||PG&E||JPA||December 2016||682|
|King City Community Power||PG&E||Enterprise||July 2018||35|
|Clean Power Alliance||SCE||JPA||February 2018||10,295|
|Apple Valley Choice Energy||SCE||Hybrid (CCEA)||April 2017||260|
|Lancaster Choice Energy||SCE||Hybrid (CCEA)||May 2015||600|
|Pico Rivera Innovative Municipal Energy||SCE||Hybrid (CCEA)||September 2017||220|
|Rancho Mirage Energy Authority||SCE||Hybrid (CCEA)||May 2018||300|
|San Jacinto Power||SCE||Hybrid (CCEA)||April 2018||170|
|Desert Community Energy||SCE||JPA||April 2020||640|
|Western Community Energy||SCE||JPA||April 2020||1,285|
|Baldwin Park Resident Owned Utility District||SCE||Hybrid (CCEA)||October 2020||255|
|Pomona Choice Energy||SCE||Hybrid (CCEA)||October 2020||655|
|Solana Energy Alliance||SDG&E||JPA||June 2018||37|
"Enterprise" refers to a stand-alone (Single City) CCA, "JPA" refers to Joint Powers Authority (Multi-Agency) CCA, and "Hybrid" refers to a stand-alone CCA that utilizes the services of California Choice Energy Authority ("CalChoice").