The Promises and Challenges of Community Choice Aggregation in California

The Promises and Challenges of Community Choice Aggregation in California

Julien Gattaciecca, J.R. DeShazo, and Kelly Trumbull

Community choice aggregators (CCAs) are a new type of retail electricity provider that enable communities to make decisions about what kinds of energy resources to invest in for themselves rather than relying on traditional investor-owned utilities. Since 2010, California communities have established eight CCAs. Additionally, over a dozen communities are actively exploring the creation of a CCA. In this report, we describe the opportunities and challenges facing CCAs and the implications for California more broadly.