On Wednesday, July 5, the City Council voted to become the first city in the desert to join a new Community Choice Aggregate, (CCA), operated by the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, (CVAG).

The new CCA would enable local control of electricity choices and rates, provide more renewable energy options and allow cities and/or county governments to pool the electricity demand of multiple communities for the purpose of supplying power. A CCA creates an economy scale, buying and/or developing power on behalf of resident, business and government electricity users. Local electricity continues to be distributed and delivered over existing power lines owned by the jurisdiction’s investor-owned utility, in the case of the City of Palm Springs, Southern California Edison. The utility would continue to maintain transmission lines and provide customer service.

Over the next three months, the Coachella Valley’s five other municipalities served by Southern California Edison will begin considering whether or not to join the CCA and bring Community Choice Energy to their communities. Joining is optional and customers can opt out at any time.

“Palm Springs’ commitment to sustainability was once again demonstrated by our Council voting unanimously to become the first member of a new Community Choice Energy entity in the Coachella Valley,” said City Councilmember Geoff Kors, who represents the City on CVAG’s Energy & Environmental Resource Committee and sits on the Community Choice Energy Working Group.

“This effort will not only save many consumers money, but will provide every resident and business the ability to select what kind of energy they want to purchase – green, local, or remain with Edison,” said Kors. “In other parts of California that have taken this step, the increase in green power has been significant and I am hopeful Palm Springs will continue to lead in this important area.”

CVAG hopes to have the new CCA operational by spring of 2018. For more information, call (760) 346-1127.