Allow Community Choice Aggregation in Connecticut

Allow Community Choice Aggregation in Connecticut

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Michael Uhl started this petition to Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney and

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a municipal energy procurement model that replaces the utility as the default supplier of electricity for most homes and small businesses within a jurisdiction. CCA puts control in local hands for choosing energy supply. By pooling the energy demand of its customers, communities build the capacity necessary to negotiate fixed-rate, competitive pricing and cleaner energy. CCA programs may be used to develop Distributed Energy Resources (DER) including local renewable energy projects, shared solar, energy efficiency, demand response, energy management, and microgrid projects, all of which have been shown to stabilize and reduce the energy cost of its customers.

CCA works in partnership with the utility, which continues to provide power delivery, grid maintenance, and consolidated customer billing.

CCA meets state and local environmental goals in the most cost effective way. It currently exists in nine states (CA, IL, OH, VA, RI, NJ, NY, NH and MA). CCA currently serves millions of customers around the country, and consistently exceeds utility performance in the areas of electric rates, renewable content/ greenhouse gas reductions and local economic development. 

CCA does not negatively impact government budgets and provides regional economic development. CCA provides the opportunity to fund and implement a wide variety of local energy programs tailored to the needs of a community and can help ensure that benefits reach low to moderate income ratepayers.

The state enabling legislation should, at a minimum, allow a CCA to do the following:

  • Procure electricity on behalf of the CCA’s residents, businesses, and municipal accounts;
  • Automatically enroll residents and businesses that have not already chosen a third-party supplier, and provide ample opportunities to opt out;
  • Obtain all customer usage information from the utility that the CCA requires to fulfill its purposes;
  • Administer all energy efficiency funds paid by customers located within their jurisdictional boundaries for purposes of promoting and funding local energy efficiency programs;
  • Obtain funding and develop local renewable energy projects.

We, the undersigned, ask the leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly and Governor Lamont to support the passage of a bill enabling Community Choice Aggregation in our state.

Contact us to learn more at: ccaconnecticut@gmail.com

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