The news below is from the County of Santa Barbara:
A new feasibility study was recently completed by Pacific Energy Advisors, > Inc. (PEA) to determine whether CCE, also known as community choice aggregation (CCA), is viable for Santa Barbara County. The study was funded by the County of Santa Barbara; the Cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara; and the Community Environmental Council.
*Pacific Energy Advisors concluded that a CCE program serving all or part of Santa Barbara County can offer cleaner electricity at a comparable rate > to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) or Southern California Edison (SCE), as applicable.*
The study is available here.
This new feasibility study (“Santa Barbara County Study”) follows an earlier CCE feasibility study (“Tri-County Study”) conducted for the tri-county region including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. The Tri-County Study reported no financially viable options for CCE that could meet policy goals and be rate-competitive with PG&E and SCE using the previous study authors’ assumptions and modeling. Following the > presentation of the Tri-County Study results, Ventura and San Luis Obispo jurisdictions opted to pursue other paths. The County of Ventura and many of its cities joined the Clean Power Alliance, the CCE program serving parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The County of San Luis Obispo discontinued its exploration of CCE, and the City of San Luis Obispo is pursuing its own CCE program potentially in partnership with Morro Bay and > other cities.
The Santa Barbara County Study results will be discussed and potentially > acted on at the following public meetings:
- Monday, June 11 – Santa Barbara City Council CCE Committee meeting
- Wednesday, June 13 – Goleta City Council Energy/Green Issues Committee meeting
- Tuesday, July 17 – County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors and Santa Barbara and Goleta City Council meetings
- Monday, July 23 – Carpinteria City Council meeting