Community Choice Aggregation
Why Passing CCA for PA Is Important:
CCA has the power to protect and preserve Pennsylvania’s economy and natural resources, while improving the health and environment of our communities.
CCA will allow participating communities to:
Purchase electricity on behalf of all consumers and businesses within their jurisdiction,
Negotiate the source of energy generation,
Use bulk buying power to save consumers money,
Benefit from energy price stability,
Enhance competitiveness and support job creation,
Decrease energy costs which disproportionately affect vulnerable communities,
Protect low-income and elderly residents who are often targeted by unscrupulous third-party energy suppliers that charge higher than standard offer service rates,
Accelerate the transition to renewable energy.
CCA is voluntary and residents or businesses can opt out at any time, for free.
The 2018 Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan, Philadelphia’s Energy Vision, West Chester Council of Governments Energy Transition Plan, Pittsburgh’s Climate Action Plan and numerous other PA towns and counties identify CCA as a “high value implementable action” to protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources and attain energy and climate action goals.
41 PA municipalities, representing over 2 million Pennsylvanians, have passed resolutions to utilize 100% Renewable energy for their facilities and vehicle fleets. CCA will allow them to accelerate their actions and reach their objectives.
10 States have already authorized CCA. According to LEAN Energy US, CCA electricity bill savings average between 2%-20% nationwide. When CCA is combined with Community Solar, such savings are guaranteed in the form of solar bill credits.
In New York, more than 150 municipalities representing 3.2 million people have already passed local laws to enable CCA. Additionally, municipalities offering CCA on an opt-out basis have proven to be more impactful. In fact, in NY, 80 to 90% of residents from opt-out CCA municipalities switch to clean energy, while this number only reaches 1 to 5% in other municipalities.
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The Process To Start CCA In Pennsylvania:
1. Build interest and commitment from communities.
2. Identify impactful legislators in your districts and convince them to (or edit) and support a home-rule CCA bill with additional co-sponsors.
3. Once legislation is passed, communities pass a local resolution for ability to implement a CCA program.
4. Communities select a Program Administrator.
5. Submit the CCA plan to the Public Utility Commission for approval.
6. Start the pilot program!
150 municipalities representing 3.2 million people have passed local laws to enable CCA, including 1.2 million low- to moderate-income residents.
3 million MWh of renewable energy supply were provided to over 51 municipalities.
Over 770,000 Tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided.
Over 200,000 hours of public education provided.