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City to Review Technical Feasibility of Community Choice Energy

Post Date:08/31/2018 9:00 AM

On Tuesday, September 4, the San Luis Obispo City Council will review a draft technical study evaluating the feasibility of implementing a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program in partnership with the City of Morro Bay. 

The CCE program would allow the cities to pool the electricity demand of their communities to become the primary electricity provider, leading to fewer greenhouse gas emissions, additional investments in renewable energy projects and energy programs, and lower electricity rates for consumers. The program would purchase cleaner energy and feed it into the grid, to be delivered by PG&E through existing power infrastructure. Customers would continue to receive a single PG&E bill that includes the CCE’s generation rates.

The draft technical study evaluates multiple power supply scenarios and concludes that under base-case market and regulatory conditions, a regional CCE program would be financially feasible and would lead to cleaner and cheaper electricity.

“The implementation of a strong CCE program would provide an opportunity for more locally generated and controlled renewable resources, such as solar and wind, while also providing resources to develop and implement energy programs that could lower local energy bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support local contractors,” said San Luis Obispo Sustainability Manager Chris Read.

The San Luis Obispo City Council agreed to pursue a CCE program last December, in a process stemming from studies and discussions that began in 2015. In 2017, the Council adopted climate action as a major city goal, with direction to assess the requirements of becoming a net-zero carbon city. In April 2018, the City of Morro Bay expressed formal interest in participating in the creation of a CCE. Additionally, the Cities of Paso Robles and Grover Beach provided access to their data to understand the potential of joining a CCE program in the future.

Following review of the draft technical study, Council will also review a proposal to create a Joint Powers Agency with Morro Bay and other Cities in San Luis Obispo County to operate the program. Official decisions whether or not to proceed will be heard at the City Council meeting on September 18, 2018.

More information about Community Choice Energy can be found at http://www.slocity.org/cce

CONTACT: Chris Read, Sustainability Manager
(805) 781-7151, cread@slocity.org