The second Business of Local Energy Symposium, an event that explores the emerging Community Choice Energy market in California, will be held in San Jose on March 4th. Prominent speakers from existing Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs, state energy agencies, and private industry will address an audience composed of local government representatives and private industry. Following its initial success in late 2014, the event focuses on the growing interest in Community Choice in over 80 communities in California. CCEs are a hybrid public utility that buys and sells electricity in local communities. CCEs are set up under California law as Joint Power Authorities (JPA) where single or multiple cities and other jurisdictions can act as electricity retailers while still depending on Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) for maintaining the grid.
Breakout sessions with panel discussions explore the process of creating a CCE, how CCEs boost local economies while enhancing sustainability plus support technology deployment. Experts will discuss how CCEs can play a vital role in achieving significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions while promoting distributed energy resources and local jobs. The Symposium will also emphasize how CCE’s can develop such programs rapidly, optimize results for local residents, and collaborate across jurisdictions to improve outcomes. Other presenters will discuss new disruptive technologies that will replace fossil fuel powered vehicles and appliances with more efficient and cleaner electric powered equivalents.
The Symposium presents Community Choice as a platform for innovation so it will include presentations on enhancing grid resilience through microgrid development, storage, and electric vehicle to grid storage applications. Among the timely topics addressed this year will be energy metering (NEM) policies, local energy resource plans, and a new CPUC ruling allowing collective use of virtual net metering for community solar arrays in disadvantaged communities. Registration.