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.