Promising renewable energy tech start ups in Silicon Valley take heed! Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) offers an important potential market for renewable energy tech. CCAs are agencies created by statute in several states that allow local jurisdictions to secure renewable energy supplies for resale to the public. CCAs are, in effect, public utilities, and they are spreading rapidly, already serving about 1300 municipalities across the USA. CCAs provide a new political framework for the rapid spread of renewable energy. One new and acclaimed CCA, Sonoma Clean Power of Sonoma County, CA, claims its business mission “offers you a choice of providers and creates a competitive marketplace that will encourage innovation.”
On October 23, 2014, a symposium entitled The Business of Local Energy “will bring together Cleantech entrepreneurs, utility staff, regulators, and other interested public officials to explore opportunities in the emerging Community Choice Energy market.” The symposium will be held in Petaluma, CA, about 40 miles north of San Francisco, where it will draw participants from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Among the featured speakers will be Geoff Syphers, CEO of Sonoma Clean Power; Jigar Shah, CEO of the Carbon War Room, and David Hochschild, a commisioner with the California Utility Commission.