New California energy plan relies on Community Choice agencies to meet climate goals

by Leora Broydo Vestel, CALCCA

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on April 25 unanimously approved a new plan for achieving ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets within California’s electric sector, primarily relying on Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) to procure the new clean energy resources the state needs over the next decade to meet its climate goals.

The CPUC’s approval of an “Integrated Resource Plan,” or IRP, represents a major vote of confidence in the critical role CCAs are playing in California’s rapidly evolving energy system.

“The new IRP reflects a seismic shift in procurement responsibility to CCAs as customer load continues to migrate from Investor-Owned Utilities to local, not-for-profit community choice energy programs,” said Beth Vaughan, executive director of the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA). “The plan shows CCAs are committed to advancing new, cost-effective, clean energy resources at the scale and speed California requires.”

The IRP lays out the optimal portfolio of energy supply- and demand-side resources California will need to comply with Senate Bill (SB) 350, which established a 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels. SB 350 stipulates that the optimal portfolio must ensure reliable electricity at the lowest cost to ratepayers.

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  1. Mark Nelson
    Mark Nelson says:

    I am gravely concerned about the CCAs self-stated lack of accountability and responsibility for managing fire hazard through their forward procurement. In correspondence with Clean Power Alliance (CPA), I was told in no uncertain terms that CPA does not consider fire hazard to be their problem in any way. They lay if off on the transmission owners. If we are to move into a post climate change world, we cannot keep buying the cheapest solar (and wind) that is hundreds of miles from the point of use. If the attitude of CPA is pervasive in CCAs (and why wouldn’t it be, CPA will soon be the largest CCA given their membership) then CCAs will fiddle while California burns and blame it on the TOs and IOUs.


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