A growing number of communities are considering dramatic changes to how we use and procure energy, known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).
Despite the promise of cost savings, more choices, additional energy jobs, and cleaner power, many CCAs have delivered just the opposite—passing along hidden startup costs to consumers, enrolling customers without consent, and relying on dirty power producers from out of state and low wage contractors.
That’s why we are demanding that if any CCAs are created to serve our community, they be required to meet standards that will strengthen our economy, protect our environment, and address the needs of taxpayers, ratepayers and working families. These include:
- Growing our Grid with REAL Green Power: Limit the amount of dirty power that can be purchased with unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), and require regular investments in local clean energy producers.
- Investing in Middle Class Energy Jobs: Require that power suppliers provide their workers a living wage, secure benefits or a voice on the job; and do not outsource frontline utility and customer service/call center jobs to low wage contractors
- A Commitment to Transparency: All CCA customers are entitled to clear, advanced notice about their enrollment and any change in their electricity rates, the source of all electricity categorized as “clean or renewable,” as well as easily accessible tools for opting out of any CCA program into which they have been automatically enrolled.
If you want our community to support CCA, please make sure it gets done the right way.