Seven states – California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island – have enacted Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) legislation that empowers local governments to aggregate the electricity loads of residents, businesses, and/or municipal facilities.
CCA programs reflect the values of their governing boards, the communities they serve, and the states in which they operate. Most emphasize reducing the cost of electricity. Some also focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, establishing new revenue streams to support local energy programs, or creating local jobs, and some are designed to accomplish several of these goals simultaneously.
Western State Expansion Efforts
- 2017 – Legislature passed SB 978 requiring the OPUC to establish a public process for investigating industry trends, technologies and policy drivers [https://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/2017/SB978]
- Public comment period until July 15 with report back to Legislature in September
- LEAN’s Goal: Ensure that CCA is included as a viable option in OPUC’s report; generate interest among cities; City of Portland has indicated interest
- 2016 – Energy Choice Initiative passes; on ballot for 2018 General Election
- Would require State legislature to establish an open, competitive retail market that prohibits the granting of monopolies and exclusive franchises for the generation of electricity by 2023.
- Under review by the Governors Committee on Energy; question is whether a Texas style market is the way to go [http://energy.nv.gov/Programs/TaskForces/2017/EnergyChoice/]
- LEAN’s Goal: Ensure that CCA is part of the conversation and considered a viable option if the Initiative passes in November; presenting at the Nevada Rural Electric Association in March, 2018; reaching out to major cities
- 2017 – Interest and inquiry from individual advocates/Northwest Energy Coalition
- Consideration of a carbon tax initiative may shift focus
- LEAN’s Goal: Keep lines of communication open; educate, support Northwest Coalition building
- Municipal aggregation is already permissible, requires a local referendum, is opt-in/opt-out; no RPS and existing statute had limiting factors
- SB 1590 introduced late in 2017 included some helpful amendments; Dominion opposed and bill got “passed by indefinitely” on a 6-2 vote in February, 2018
- Local advocates will continue to pursue within existing statutory authorities
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