Notices are being sent out in early August to inform residential customers that the Orange County Power Authority will be their local energy provider beginning October 2022. Translated materials can be found here. Please visit ocpower.org for more information.
Residential or commercial customers should contact OCPA directly to opt-out of service or with any questions about their electric service at 1-866-262-7693 ocpower.org/contact-us.
What is Community Choice Energy?
Community Choice Energy (CCE), also known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), has been operating in California since 2002 following passage of Assembly Bill 117. CCE programs enable local government control over energy procurement to purchase power, set competitive rates, and collect revenue. The local utility will still maintain the electricity grid, deliver energy, and bill customers. CCEs offer automatic enrollment to businesses and residences in its jurisdiction, with the ability for the customer to opt out and continue to purchase electricity from the utility. Customers have the option of choosing increased percentages of renewable energy. CCE programs in California generally procure and resell a power mix between 50 percent and 100 percent renewable energy to their customers. For more information on Community Choice Energy, please visit the FAQ page from the California Community Choice Association (CALCCA), found here.
CCE Progress in Irvine
Following several presentations to the City’s Green Ribbon Environmental Committee on September 25, 2018, the City Council approved initiating a feasibility study to assess the risks, challenges, and potential economic benefits of implementing a CCE program in Irvine. EES Consulting was awarded a contract to conduct the CCE feasibility study and completed the study in December 2019.
On December 10, 2019, the Irvine City Council voted unanimously to consider the formation of a Community Choice Energy program in partnership with other Orange County cities, and conduct a peer review of the feasibility study’s findings. The City Council directed staff to prepare preliminary Joint Powers Authority (JPA) formation documents, negotiate with other cities, and submit a CCE Implementation Plan to the California Public Utilities Commission by December 31, 2020.
In the spring and summer of 2020, updates were made to the feasibility study, and a peer-review study was conducted. The completed documents can be viewed here:
- Community Choice Energy Feasibility Study (January 2020)
- Peer Review of Irvine Community Choice Energy Feasibility Study Findings (June 19, 2020)
- City Council Staff Report on Peer Review Findings (July 14, 2020)
- Finance Commission Staff Report on Community Choice Energy Feasibility Study Findings (August 19, 2019)
- Community Choice Energy Summary of Key Findings (August 19, 2019)
CCE Leads to Orange County Power Authority Formation
On February 8, 2022, the Irvine City Council unanimously voted to select the 100% Renewable Energy default service level for all OCPA customers in Irvine. Service for commercial customers will begin in April 2022, and service for residential customers will begin in October 2022. The presentation provided to the City Council summarizes estimated costs for OCPA customers at each of the three service levels: Basic Choice (38.5% renewable), Smart Choice (at least 69% renewable), and 100% Renewable Energy Choice.
OCPA offers a Commercial Rate Comparison tool for customers, and a detailed rate sheet, on their Commercial Rates website. Please contact OCPA if you have any questions, or would like to learn more about their service options. You can reach the customer service center at: 1-866-262-7693.
Click here to view the OCPA informational postcard.
Questions on the City's efforts to launch Community Choice Energy in Irvine can be directed to Sona Coffee, the City’s Environmental Programs Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the City's OCPA website to learn more about formation of the OCPA Board and the initial Board meetings.