Long Beach Business Journal – May 6, 2019
With one of the largest urban solar projects on the roof of the downtown library and a transition towards alternative fuels for the city’s port and public transit fleets, Long Beach has made its intentions clear: the city is going green. Now, city leadership is considering the formation of a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, a change in utility systems associated with more sustainable power sources.
In California, the CCA concept first took hold in the northern part of the state. California residents, shocked by the power outages of the energy crisis in 2000, pushed for more local control and inclusion of renewable energy sources. Two years later, the state legislature passed Assembly Bill 117, allowing the formation of CCAs – nonprofit entities that use existing infrastructure to transmit power to their customers, but negotiate directly with generators of power and set their own rates.