California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice) looks forward to the launch of its eighth associate member, Energy for Palmdale’s Independent Choice (EPIC), this Fall. EPIC will become the City of Palmdale’s default energy provider for residential customers on October 1, 2022 and will begin serving commercial customers on March 1, 2023.
“EPIC’s potential for increased renewable energy content affirms the community’s investment in the environment,” said CalChoice Executive Director Jason Caudle. “CalChoice is proud to assist and partner with another city eager to achieve its sustainability goals, and I am confident that EPIC’s launch will benefit the Palmdale community as a whole.”
Much like CalChoice’s other affiliate CCAs, EPIC will offer the community clean energy at competitive rates. The program is an alternative to Southern California Edison (SCE) for power generation, meaning EPIC will purchase power on behalf of customers while SCE continues to deliver power to homes and businesses through its power lines.
Beyond the environmental benefits that EPIC will offer, any excess revenue generated by the program will be reinvested in the community to fund energy-related projects, innovative programs and other incentives. Additionally, through the development of future renewable energy projects, the program will support local job creation.
All residents will be automatically enrolled in the program’s default energy plan EPIC Power, which offers customers 38% renewable energy; renewable content for EPIC Power may fluctuate but will always meet or exceed state mandates for renewable energy. Residents may choose to opt up to EPIC Power100, the program’s 100% carbon-free plan, or opt out and remain with SCE.
EPIC is supported by ratepayers, with no taxpayer subsidies. The program is funded by program revenues and reserves and has a budget separate from the City’s general fund.
CalChoice has assisted EPIC’s launch by leveraging industry experts and technical experience gained through helping numerous other CCAs launch in recent years. Through its hybrid joint powers authority (JPA) model, CalChoice helps communities maintain local control over their energy rates and revenues. When launched, EPIC will be the 25th CCA in California. CCAs currently serve more than 11 million customers across the state.