Community Choice Energy (CCE) would mean choice for Colorado customers of investor-owned utilities.
CCE was studied by Colorado's Public Utility Commission in 2022. Read the Commission's 12/2022 report and our take on it.
The results of the PUC study indicate potential for CCE success in Colorado and identifies a number of obstacles to adopting CCE in Colorado. The identification of obstacles means we will need to find solutions to overcome them, however, it appears that the positive benefits of adopting CCE in Colorado will far outweigh the downsides.
See CCE 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).
Community Choice Aggregation
LEAN (Local Energy Aggregation Network) Community Choice Aggregation | LEAN Energy US
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
Frustrated with their utilities, some Coloradans want the state to change its rules so communities can buy their own electricity
Link to the original story To lower utility bills and slow climate change, Colorado regulators are looking to a strategy that worked for California and
Submitted to the Boulder Daily Camera September 10, 2022 In Boulder, the price of Xcel’s electricity is increasing and based on their requests for rate
Link to the original article While no place is perfect, there are many reasons to be grateful to live in Boulder County — from the
Letter to the Editor: Larry Miloshevich: Why Community Choice Energy is Right for Boulder and for Colorado
The guest opinion by Gerald Braun on Aug. 16, titled “Community choice electricity is a better way to meet 21st century challenges”, merits elaboration on
Guest opinion: Gerald Braun: Community choice electricity is a better way to meet 21st century challenges
Link to the original article Colorado communities may soon be empowered to chart their own energy and climate futures. Thanks to the pioneering work of