CCAs signing lots of power contracts

CCAs signing lots of power contracts

December 08, 2020 | By Keith Martin in Washington, DC

California CCAs signed 117 power purchase agreements during the period November 2019 through October 2020.

Community choice aggregators--or CCA--are county-wide entities that buy electricity to supply to county residents. There are 23 CCAs currently in California. They are expected to supply 36% of the electricity load in the state by 2022, according to the latest annual report of the California Community Choice Association in November.        

Electricity customers must affirmatively select their local utilities as their electricity suppliers. Otherwise, they are assigned to the local CCA.

Contracts already signed by California CCAs will require construction of more than 5,000 megawatts of new renewable energy and storage projects. The 5,000 megawatts include 1,030 megawatts of wind farms and 3,860 megawatts of new solar projects. Forty-six percent of the new solar projects include storage.

CCAs are currently authorized in nine states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Virginia.

Another six states are actively investigating them: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and Oregon.