CalChoice Executive Director Jason Caudle and Director of Procurement and Regulatory Cathy DeFalco presented at the California Community Choice Energy Summit in Sacramento this January.
“Cathy and I enjoyed learning from our counterparts at CCAs across the state this winter in Sacramento,” said Caudle. “This summit was an excellent opportunity to take a step back to take a look at what’s working for our peers and identify ways to integrate those strategies into CalChoice’s operations.”
The conference, which ran from January 22-24, 2020, connected stakeholders from across the state with representatives from 10 leading community choice aggregators to discuss current programs, future plans and the changing landscape of the energy industry. On Wednesday, the first day of the conference, attendees had a chance to attend a workshop on distributed energy resources integration and local resiliency.
The main conference started on Thursday morning with a keynote from the deputy executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission. Sessions on Thursday and Friday included discussions of best practices for CCA management, the impact of PG&E’s bankruptcy, procurement of renewables, joint power authorities, grid resiliency and rate-setting. In addition, attendees examined CCA case studies from across the state throughout the conference schedule.
Caudle and DeFalco shared insights from CalChoice’s experience in their respective panels on Friday. At 8:30 a.m., DeFalco and five other CCA representatives examined the benefits and logistics of membership in a joint powers authority. Caudle and two other CCA leaders will discuss different CCA governance styles at 10:30, covering the importance of voting styles and the benefits and drawbacks of different systems.
About the Community Choice Energy Summit:
The Community Choice Energy Summit brought together leaders in the California CCA industry for meetings in 2017 and 2018. The summits were held in San Francisco in November 2018 and Santa Clara in November 2017. Various organizations and companies support the conference, including sponsors Stoel Rives, LLP, Enchanted Rock, LLC and NextEra Energy Resources.
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.