Oregon Considers CCAs

Oregon Senate Bill 978 ignited a dialogue on how Oregonians can better manage their energy future. Community Choice Aggregation (CCAs) surfaced as a compelling potential option since it enables citizens to assume collective control of their sources of electricity. CCAs around the country are reducing energy bills and power plant emissions while simultaneously increasing local economic development.

The LEAN Energy US Oregon Project builds on that national experience. It serves as a resource to civic leaders looking for ways to achieve greater decarbonization and expand economic development at less cost to consumers.

The conversation about CCAs has begun in Oregon.

“Community Choice Aggregation (CCAs) provides communities with local control over their energy supply, allowing them to increase the amount of electricity procured from renewable sources. As more and more companies set their own renewable energy goals, they will be looking for the cheapest and most efficient ways to procure renewable power. CCAs provide consumer choice where none currently exist and have also resulted in competitive (lower) electrical rates.” Hood River County Energy Plan, 2017, page 71.

“I think we’re going to have to increase the size of our toolbox. Mayor Mark Gamba [of Milwaukie, Oregon] mentioned Community Choice Aggregation, or community energy. I see increasing opportunities for that. I know that it can be viewed as an uncomfortable potentiality for existing providers but we have opportunities to use community choice energy in innovative ways and give that power over to some local choice making.”  — Representative Ken Helm, Chair, Energy & Environment Committee, Speaking before SB 978 workshop at OPUC, April 24, 2018


“Community Choice Aggregation [in California] is the fastest accelerator toward carbon reduction and renewable energy development without need for public subsidy.” — Shawn Marshall, Co-Founder and Executive Director, LEAN Energy U.S., Testimony before Oregon House of Representatives Energy and Environment Committee, February 26, 2018


“CCAs are certainly first cousins [to public power]… They aren’t municipal utilities, but they are more like us than they are not like us.” — Joe Nipper, president of Nipper Consulting, on American Public Power Association web site, Power Sources, November 9, 2017


“Enable community choice aggregation (CCA), whereby a community assumes responsibility for procuring the energy resources to meet its needs but the distribution utility continues to own, operate, and plan the distribution system. For communities and customers that do not opt for CCA, the utility continues to be the provider of generation, transmission, and distribution services.”  — Retail Energy Supply Choices, Regulatory Assistance Project Memo for SB 978 workshop at OPUC, June 26, 2018