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CCE — What is it?
Community Choice Energy (CCE) allows local governments to pool the electricity demands of their communities, purchase power with higher renewable content, lower greenhouse gas emissions and reinvest in local infrastructure.
How does it work?
If the City of Davis moves forward with CCE, it will purchase electricity on your behalf – fromsources that are cleaner, greener and more local. This will offer residents additional energy choices. It won’t interrupt your electricity service in any way. PG&E will continue to deliver the electricity from the grid to your home or business, maintain the power lines, read your meter, and send you a single, consolidated bill.
The only change is an opportunity to choose between different energy options—for the first time ever – at rates that are competitive and sometimes cheaper than what PG&E offers.
If your home or business is in a CCE service area, you will be automatically enrolled in the program. You can choose to opt out and return to PG&E “bundled service” at any time.
What are the benefits?
CCEs introduce competition into the marketplace. They provide ratepayers with a choice about the level of renewables they wish to support.
Formation of a CCE will allow our community to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from fossil-based energy generation.
CCEs are municipal, non-profit organizations. They’re accountable to the communities they serve, not to shareholders seeking a profit. Surplus funds from a CCE will be reinvested in our community to develop local energy programs, renewable energy projects and to create local jobs.
Existing CCEs around the State have been able to offer higher renewable energy content at rates that are competitive or cost less than the existing utility.
How did we get here?
The City has a long history of exploring public power
for Davis. After researching several options, the Davis
City Council formed the CCE Advisory Committee and commissioned a technical study to investigate whether CCE would be a good fit for our community.
What’s happening now in Davis?
The City of Davis is currently exploring formation of a CCE to give our residents and businesses an energy choice and to help achieve local climate action goals.
The City has commissioned a technical study to assess program feasibility and options for the City and unincorporated Yolo County.
The City Council will be reviewing the results of the study and voting in March 2016 whether to join Marin Clean Energy or form its own CCE program.
If approved, customers could begin receiving service by the end of 2016 or early 2017.
Has CCE been done before?
There are currently three CCAs operating in California:
• MCE Clean Energy
• Sonoma Clean Power
• Lancaster Choice Energy
And there are several other programs currently under formation.