The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) is the latest community choice aggregation (CCA) program announced in California.
OCPA is comprised of these cities:
- Buena Park
- Huntington Beach
- Lake Forest
OCPA’s goal, like the 23 or so other CCAs operating in the state, is to provide better rates for its members, rate stabilization, and/or more “green” power options. Customers will default to OCPA service once it’s operational but can return to standard SoCal Edison (SCE) service at any time. Although an estimated 170,000 – 250,000 members are expected to be served initially, it will likely grow to be one of the largest CCAs in California. The expected launch is spring or fall 2022.
The City of Irvine’s Green Ribbon Environmental Committee initiated a feasibility study into the CCA back in September 2018. EES Consulting was awarded the contract to perform the study, which was finished in December 2019. The study underwent a peer review by MRW Associates. You can learn more here:
- Community Choice Energy Feasibility Study (January 2020)
- Peer Review of Irvine Community Choice Energy Feasibility Study Findings (June 19, 2020)
According to the feasibility study, "Assuming PCIA fees are manageable, [...] a CCE [...] could potentially offer a two percent rate discount compared to SCE’s current rates." These savings are expected to increase over time. Ecom-Energy can help evaluate the impact of OCPA enrollment.