(The following article is based on a presentation by Gerry Braun at the California CCA Forum in Los Angeles California on May 19, 2015)
Decentralized energy technologies will transform the electricity sector over the next couple decades. Community choice aggregators (CCAs) can be leading agents of the transformation to the extent they push for, and secure, the freedom to transform themselves. The extent to which they evolve to take a more and more integrative role may determine whether local clean energy resources are developed or held back.
States lacks the capacity to account for decisive and locally specific factors affecting on-site and community based energy supply. Meanwhile increasing numbers of local jurisdictions are aiming for sustainability and resiliency in their goals and plans. In order to follow through they must have policies and programs in place that are responsive to on-the-ground energy trends and opportunities in their communities.