One of our local representatives, the Honorable Mike Levin from the 49th Congressional District, will be the keynote speaker. Congressman Levin has been deeply involved in the energy transition since long before entering Congress.
Session 1: Regulatory Compliance, Legal Structure & Operations
A CCA exists in a special legal and regulatory environment and must file critical documents with the appropriate agencies to come into existence. Further, it must periodically file statements showing it is meeting requirements to secure adequate energy and capacity (resource adequacy) in the future, as well as meeting other regulatory requirements. In addition, operations require interaction with the existing utility to carry out billing. This session will cover the details of the steps a CCA must take to start and to be in continuing compliance, as well as the forms the organization of a CCA or JPA can take.
Session 2: Procurement
The fundamental role of a CCA is to procure electricity for its members. This session will cover the complexities of the energy market and the resources available to a CCA to obtain energy and resource adequacy. Speakers from established CCAs and service companies will cover the steps a CCA needs to take to assure cost-effective supplies of energy and resource adequacy
Session 3: Distributed Energy Resources
The new CCAs starting in Southern California have both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to obtain green power at a reasonable cost. This will be especially difficult in the evening due to the notorious “duck curve.” If CCAs continue to contract for power from natural gas plants, projections from CAISO indicate that California may actually be forced to build new fossil fuel plants, which is the opposite of what we are trying to achieve if the state is to meet its decarbonization goals today and tomorrow.
Newly-forming CCAs have the opportunity to deploy a range of new forms of energy generation and management including: distributed energy resources (DER), virtual power plants, advanced community energy, and demand management. In doing so, new CCAs will have the opportunity to learn from the experience of established CCAs, which took several years to launch their community-based programs. Further, this is an area where technology is moving incredibly fast, and familiarity with the current state of the art is necessary to make financially sound decisions.
If the goal is to decarbonize every community as quickly as possible, the new CCAs should use the experiences of the existing CCAs to move rapidly to implement the best practices and technology to create local green power. Waiting to act forces the CCA to enter into long-term contracts for gas-fired capacity. This session will bring together experts from existing CCAs, regulatory bodies, government, research organizations, and industry to present the state of the art in local green power and the regulatory environment governing it.
Session 4: Programs
One major advantage of a CCA is the ability to use retained earnings to fund energy programs for the benefit of the community. Established CCAs have operated many successful programs in addition to DER programs. These have included car chargers, training programs, solar residential programs for low income residents, energy efficiency improvements, and many other ideas that make the local community more resilient. This session will feature speakers from existing CCAs who will share best practices from successful programs, and companies who are able to execute programs for CCAs.