Approaching its third anniversary, Pico Rivera Innovative Municipal Energy (PRIME), associate member of California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice), has added two new staff members to support the program’s operations. Kaitlin McGee, Senior Analyst, and Patsy Gonzales, Secretary, joined the community choice aggregation’s (CCA) team in March 2020.
“Kaitlin and Patsy are excellent new additions to our operations team,” said Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo V. Camacho. “PRIME is made up of great staff members who focus on Daily energy operations, and with our new support, I’m confident that our program is going to reach a new level of service for our community.”
Patsy Gonzales, formerly Secretary in Pico Rivera’s Community and Economic Development Department, will be responsible for administrative and clerical duties. She has worked for the City for more than 13 years, bringing substantial local government knowledge and a strong skill set to PRIME. Gonzales will be the primary contact for meeting requests, general questions regarding project statuses, and the face of PRIME when residents visit City Hall for customer
“I’m thrilled to be transitioning into this new role with PRIME,” said Gonzales. “My previous work with the City exposed me to the program every so often, and it has been a fascinating experience. I’m excited to be in a position that allows me to focus entirely on the CCA.”
Kaitlin McGee will provide PRIME with program development and project management support. Prior to PRIME, McGee was a Utility Analyst at CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s CCA program, where she secured state funding and designed an in-house Equity Framework. She brings more than five years of experience in the utility industry.
“I’ve worked in the utility industry for many years now, and I’m excited to join the ranks of another CCA in California,” said McGee. “I believe in the power of CCAs, and I am eager to bring my experience from working with CleanPowerSF to help advance Pico Rivera’s program. PRIME launched in May 2017 providing residents three plan options: PRIME Power (50 percent renewable energy), PRIME Future (100 percent renewable energy) and PRIME Partner (available for solar/wind power generators).
“The growing team at PRIME is a testament to their program’s success,” said CalChoice Executive Director Jason Caudle. “I’m thrilled to see PRIME thriving and serving the community as planned. Pico Rivera has always been a leader in CCA, and I’m proud to know that CalChoice was their choice when first launching.”
For more information about PRIME, please visit poweredbyprime.org.
CalChoice offers support for local governments in every phase of the CCA program
implementation process, providing feasibility services to determine whether a CCA program is appropriate, developing implementation plans for members to submit to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and managing the implementation process to launch the CCA program, as well as continuing to support members once their CCA program becomes operational. To learn more about partnering opportunities with CalChoice, please visit www.CaliforniaChoiceEnergyAuthority.com.