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On June 20 and 21, 2019, the Center for Climate Protection hosted “The Business of Local Energy Symposium 2019” in Irvine, California, as a forum for Community Choice Aggregators (“CCAs”) to share developments and best practices.  The conference celebrated the launching of ten CCAs in 2018, effectively doubling the number of CCAs, now at nineteen, with the oldest CCA, Marin Clean Energy (“MCE”), celebrating ten years of operation in 2020.  The panels and workshops grappled with complex issues facing the energy sector in California, including wildfires and preventative de-energization events, integrating new technologies into the grid, access to meter data, maintaining autonomy over procurement decisions, constrained resource adequacy capacity, and the potential for the State’s investor-owned utilities (“IOUs”) to become “wires-only” companies. 
A major theme of the conference was maintaining grid resiliency while striving to meet the State’s decarbonization goals, with the CCAs showcasing a variety of innovative approaches to meeting the State’s legislative mandates, as well as their own renewable portfolio goals.  For example, a number of the CCAs are exploring the development of microgrids through public-private partnerships, as a potential way to deal with reliability concerns at critical facilities such as hospitals.  Redwood Coast Energy Authority in Humboldt County is not only working on a microgrid partnership through which it will own and operate the solar generation and lithium-ion battery systems at the County’s airport but is also exploring an offshore wind project.  For more information about the 2019 conference, please visit the sponsor’s website here.  

For further information on DWGP’s CCA practice, please contact: Michael Postar; Lisa S. Gast; Peter J. Scanlon; Sean M. Neal; Bhaveeta K. Mody; or Lauren M. Perkins.