At a time of unprecedented turmoil in the state’s energy market, new solutions are needed to build a stronger, greener, and more reliable electric system—and to help every California community be resilient in the face of a changing climate.

The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) is leading a growing coalition of community choice electricity providers, environmental and social justice organizations, consumer groups, renewable energy producers, and local governments are committed to advancing proposals that prioritize safety, empower local action, and ensure transparency and accountability—all while procuring the renewable energy California needs to meet its climate goals.

Read more here about the coalition’s Principles for a Stronger, Greener, More Reliable Electric System.

Community choice: A stronger, greener, more reliable alternative

As investor-owned utilities struggle to meet their customers’ needs, many communities are turning to local, not-for-profit public programs as a stronger, greener, more reliable alternative.

Since 2010, more than 160 California cities and counties have formed or joined Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, which now serve 10 million customers and growing.  CCA programs provide local residents, businesses, and government agencies with clean, affordable alternatives to traditional, for-profit utility service. These locally governed programs allow communities to manage and direct their energy investments toward their communities’ priorities—resulting in expanding investments in renewable energy, local jobs, and workforce development, along with energy efficiency, decarbonization of transportation and buildings, and other priorities.

As policymakers confront historic challenges in the safety and governance of the state’s electric system, a growing coalition of CCAs and their partners are committed to helping state leaders navigate California’s transition to a greener, safer, more affordable, and more accountable utility system.

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