There is a little know policy that has existed in California since 2002 called Community Choice Aggregation (aka CCA). From the Green Power Network:
“Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services.”
On Tuesday, October 6th the SLO County Board of Supervisors voted in a 3-2 decision to take the first step in implementing CCA policy in SLO County. SLO Co. will be part of a a feasibility study with Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, as well as explore whether doing it independently would be the best option. Supervisors Gibson, Mechum and Hill voted in favor. Supervisors Compton and Arnold against.
While the process to implement the policy can be complicated, it is an effective way to bring more green energy and more competition to the local energy market. Marin, Sonoma, and Lancaster counties have already adopted a CCA approach to integrating more clean energy into the system to give customers more choices.