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Community Choice Energy (CCE) would mean choice for Colorado customers of investor-owned utilities.

CCE is currently being studied by Colorado's Public Utility Commission. The Commission's report is due in December of 2022.

While the results of the PUC study will dictate next steps, we are not alone in our optimism that the PUC will find that the positive benefits of adopting CCE here in Colorado will far outweigh the downsides. See the posts and resources in the right column and videos below.

If enabled by the state legislature, Community Choice Energy (CCE) would be made available to all Colorado communities that are served by a monopoly investor-owned utility (IOU). CCE allows a community to choose between the IOU and alternative suppliers of electricity. This would introduce competition into the wholesale electricity sector. CCE allows individuals to opt out of the CCE and buy their electricity from the utility.

Unlike municipalization, CCE only involves choosing the electricity source — the utility continues to own and operate the “poles and wires” and manage billing and customer service. CCE does not involve owning and operating an electricity distribution system. It’s more of a partnership with the utility.

CCE would allow a community the freedom to implement its own energy programs. In addition to describing the experience of developing Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), our guest, SCP CEO Geoff Syphers describes a number of the creative energy program options in the EOF Empower Hour held July 21, 2022 (see video below).

CCE Videos

On the Events page, you will find links to additional Sonoma Clean Power resources. 

Also on the Events page, the March 18, 2021 Empower Hour featured Rep. Edie Hooton and Larry Miloshevich discussing the possibilities of CCE for Colorado in a “CCE Study Bill – A Deep Dive.”

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Check the Events page for details and past Empower Hours.

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CCE Resources

Community Choice Aggregation

a.k.k. 'CCA' or "CCE'

CCE Fact Sheet— a summary of CCE and its current status in Colorado, and key facts and reasons to support enabling CCE in Colorado.  

Implemented Correctly, Community Choice Energy Can Support Colorado Communities in Their Goals
By John Farrell, Director of the Energy Democracy initiative at ISLR and Maria McCoy, research associate with the Energy Democracy Initiative
April 20, 2022
This website page sums up Farrell’s official testimony that was submitted to the CO PUC on March 1, 2022

Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet  (web page)
(Link to full report)
Feb. 19, 2020, by John Farrell, Director of the Energy Democracy initiative at ISLR

CCE in the News