The City of Lancaster and the City of San Jacinto Joint Powers Authority
The City of Lancaster and the City of San Jacinto joined forces to create the California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice) a joint powers authority (JPA) designed to help cities in Southern California Edison territory participate in community choice aggregation (CCA) without having to sacrifice control or any of the benefits associated with a traditional JPA.
CalChoice is governed by the Lancaster City Council with each City joining as an associate member of the JPA. Each associate City’s Council would set rates for their City, purchase their energy and contract their CCA services through existing CalChoice contracts which would help keep costs low and maximize revenues for each associate member.
By joining together, CalChoice is able to cut costs for each City through the benefits of economy of scale. As more Cities are added, each City’s share of the fixed costs goes down. This also allows smaller Cities to start a CCA who might have been too small to successfully operate one on their own.
Beginning and operating a CCA is a complex process. Through CalChoice, each City has access to experienced staff who have been through the implementation and operational process. This allows each City to avoid common pitfalls that come with starting from scratch and to operate their CCA as efficiently as possible.