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In 2002, Assembly Bill 117 opened the door for California jurisdictions to develop Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs, also known as Community Choice Aggregation. CCEs are programs that allow local governments to purchase energy on behalf of their communities, while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility provider. For decades, Southern California Edison (SCE) has been the sole entity that acquired power for a majority of Southern California. However, through a CCE, local agencies can also become a power purchaser for consumers, which introduces a new level of competition in the energy market that results in customer choice.
It is important to note that the CCE’s role is limited to the purchasing of power, not its delivery. Through a CCE, Southern California Edison would continue to remain the service provider in all other steps related to the energy delivery cycle: transmission, distribution, metering, and billing.
The City of Irvine has been spearheading an effort to create a regional CCE program known as OCPA and invited all Orange County cities to join. On December 10, 2020, the Huntington Beach City Council voted to join OCPA as a founding member.
The City has since transitioned residents and businesses to OCPA, while still allowing them to opt out and return to SCE. However, following additional review of OCPA's operations by multiple agencies including the County of Orange, the City Council, in early 2023, decided to withdraw membership and return all residents and businesses to SCE, effective July 2024. The City is in the process of working with OCPA to effectuate this withdrawal in the most efficient way possible. Additional information about any upcoming changes will be communicated to all customers.
Additional information about the OCPA, including Board Members and upcoming meetings are available on the OCPA's website.
Orange County Power Authority
City of Huntington Beach