Community Choice Energy (CCE), also referred to as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), is the practice of pooling consumer electricity demand within a region for the purpose of procuring energy and selling it to customers. The existing energy utility (PG&E) remains responsible for transmission, distribution, and billing. The most common reason for jurisdictions to pursue CCA is to promote electricity generation from renewable energy sources and offer consumers a choice in purchasing electricity with potential opportunities for cost savings. To find out more about CCE, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
CCE Participation in Contra Costa County
The cities of El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek are members of the CCE program that originated in Marin County known as MCE. Nine additional Contra Costa County jurisdictions are currently seeking membership in MCE. They are: Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County.
A decision by MCE's Board of Directors to include the additional jurisdictions is expected by August 2017.
Contra Costa County and a group of 14 cities partnered to commission a Technical Study of CCE in Contra Costa County. The study was completed in March 2017 and the report is available here.
Technical Study Appendices
Background InformationMarch 28, 2017: Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors CCE Workshop
County Staff PowerPoint Presentation
EBCE Power Point Presentation
MCE PointPoint Presentation
June 1, 2016: Contra Costa County issued Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Community Choice Energy Technical Study.
March 15, 2016: Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Authorizes staff to work with interested cities in the County to obtain electrical load data from PG&E and conduct a technical study to consider options for implementing Community Choice Energy.
October 13, 2015: Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Authorizes staff to conduct outreach and explore the formation of a CCA Partnership.