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Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)

PG&E partners with CCAs in our service area to deliver electricity

What is Community Choice Aggregation?

Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA, is a program available within the service area of investor-owned utilities (IOUs), which allows cities and counties to purchase and/or generate electricity for residents and businesses in the territories that they serve. PG&E partners with the CCAs to deliver the electricity over PG&E’s transmission and distribution system. PG&E will continue to provide meter reading, billing, maintenance, and outage response services.

Frequently asked questions

PG&E will continue to deliver electricity through our transmission and distribution system and continue to provide metering, billing, maintenance, and outage response services. Other PG&E services and programs available to CCA customers include:

  • Energy Efficiency Rebates
  • California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE)/Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA)
  • Medical Baseline Discount
  • Budget Billing Program and Payment Plans
  • Demand Response Programs
  • Bill Payment Services

Note: Please reach out to PG&E or your CCA provider to get detailed information on all programs and services available to you.

Once a city or county implements or joins a CCA, California law requires that customers within their jurisdiction be automatically enrolled in CCA service. CCA’s are required to notify customers of their services. Customers will receive at least two notices during a 60-day period (dependent on if enrollment occurs during a CCA expansion or within an existing CCA territory). These notices will provide customers with the CCA’s contact information.

Please contact PG&E to start your electric service. PG&E will work with your CCA provider to begin service.

CCA service continues to expand across the state of California. There are currently 12 CCAs operating within PG&E’s jurisdiction. For a list of registered CCAs and additional information, please visit the California Public Utilities Commission.

Customers will receive a consolidated bill that includes both PG&E and CCA charges. PG&E will also collect payments on behalf of the CCA for CCA customers. For more information on how to read your blue bill, please visit Understand Your Bill.

If you have questions about the PG&E charges on your bill, please contact PG&E at 1-866-743-0335. For questions regarding the CCA charges on your bill, please contact your CCA (contact information is provided in the CCA information section below).

The Power Charge Indifference Amount (PCIA) is a charge to ensure that both PG&E customers and those who have left PG&E service to purchase electricity from other providers pay the above market costs for generation resources that were procured by PG&E on their behalf. “Above market” refers to expenditures for electric generation resources that cannot be fully recovered through sales of these resources at current market prices. PG&E bundled customers pay the PCIA associated with the most currently available vintage year. CCA customers will pay the PCIA fee based on the vintage associated with the period they transitioned to CCA service.

PG&E acts as a collection agent for the Franchise Fee Surcharge (FFS), which is levied by the California Public Utilities Commission on behalf of cities and counties in PG&E’s service territory for all customers. PG&E bundled customers pay the FFS associated with the most currently available vintage year. CCA customers pay the FFS associated with the period that the customer transitioned to CCA service.

CCA programs in PG&E's service area

Find a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program within PG&E's service area.

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is now Ava Community Energy (Ava). Ava is a public agency focused on investing in our community through renewable energy, competitive rates, and local programs. Ava is governed by representatives from each member jurisdiction.

Ava began serving Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Union City, and unincorporated Alameda County in June 2018. In April 2021 Ava began service to the cities of Newark, Pleasanton, and Tracy.

For more information about Ava Community Energy, call 1-833-699-3223 or visit avaenergy.org.

AVA/EBCE and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – AVA joint rate comparisons (PDF)
EBCE -Electric power generation mix (PDF)

3CE is a community-owned public agency governed by board members who represent each community served. Sourcing electricity from clean and renewable energy resources, revenue generated by 3CE stays local and helps keep electricity rates competitive for customers, while also funding innovative energy programs designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic development. 3CE serves customers in communities throughout Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties.

For more information about 3CE, call 1-877-455-2223 or visit 3cenergy.org

3CE and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – 3CE joint rate comparisons (PDF)
3CE - Electric power mix (PDF)

CleanPowerSF provides San Francisco residents and businesses with renewable energy at competitive rates.

Operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, CleanPowerSF is a not-for-profit program with public oversight and stable rates. Customers have two options for cleaner electricity: Green and SuperGreen. Green service is at least 50% renewable and SuperGreen service is 100% renewable.

For more information about CleanPowerSF, call 415-554-0773 or visit CleanPowerSF.

CleanPowerSF and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – CleanPowerSF joint rate comparisons (PDF)

CleanPowerSF - Electric power mix (PDF)

King City Community Power provides electricity to the residents of King City. KCCP is a not-for-profit public agency and sets its rates to be competitive with PG&E.

KCCP started providing service to residents in King City in July 2018.

For more information about KCCP, call 1-833-888-KING (5464) or visit www.kingcitycommunitypower.org.

KCCP and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – KCCP joint rate comparisons (PDF)
KCCP - Electric power generation mix (PDF)

MCE is a not-for-profit public agency that offers renewable energy to its customers. MCE's service area includes communities throughout Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and Solano counties.

MCE has provided service to customers since 2010.

For more information about MCE, call 1-888-632-3674 or visit MCE Clean Energy

MCE and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – MCE joint rate comparisons (PDF)
MCE - Electric power mix (PDF)

PCE is a not-for-profit public agency that offers renewable energy to its customers. PCE's service area includes San Mateo County and the city of Los Banos.

PCE has provided service to customers since October 2016.

For more information about PCE, call 1-866-966-0110 or visit Peninsula Clean Energy

PCE and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – PCE Los Banos joint rate comparisons (PDF)
PG&E – PCE San Mateo joint rate comparisons (PDF)
PCE - Electric power mix (PDF)

Pioneer is a locally-governed, not-for-profit, public agency now purchasing electricity on behalf of Placer County residents and businesses to provide more choice. Electricity from Pioneer is delivered to you by PG&E, who remains an essential partner for power distribution, service and billing.

For more information about Pioneer, call 1-844-937-7466 or visit Pioneer Community Energy

PIO and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – PIO joint rate comparisons (PDF)
PIO - Electric power mix (PDF)

RCEA is a joint powers agency located in Humboldt County. RCEA offers renewable energy to its customers. PG&E delivers electricity from RCEA and we remain an essential partner for power distribution, service and billing.

RCEA has provided service to customers since May 2017.

For more information about RCEA, call 1-800-931-7232 or visit Redwood Coast Energy Authority

RCEA and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – RCEA joint rate comparisons (PDF)
RCEA - Electric power mix (PDF)

San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) is a program of the city of San Jose that increases the use of renewable energy and investment in the local community.

SJCE began service to city accounts in September 2018 and to residents and businesses in March 2019.

For more information about SJCE, call 1-833-432-2454 or visit San Jose Clean Energy

SJCE and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – SJCE joint rate comparisons (PDF)
SJCE - Electric power mix (PDF)

SVCE is a community-owned agency that offers renewable energy to its customers. Participating communities include Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and unincorporated Santa Clara County.

SVCE has provided service to customers since April 2017.

For more information about SVCE, call 1-844-474-7823 or visit Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

SVCE and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – SVCE joint rate comparisons (PDF)
SVCE - Electric power mix (PDF)

SCP is a not-for-profit public agency that offers renewable energy to its customers. SCP's service area includes Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

SCP has provided service to customers since May 2014.

For more information about SCP, call 1-855-202-2139 or visit Sonoma Clean Power.

SCP and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – SCP Joint rate comparisons (PDF)
SCP - Electric power mix (PDF)

Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, public agency that sources renewable energy to its customers. VCE's service area includes the city of Davis, the city of Woodland, the city of Winters, and unincorporated Yolo County.

VCE has provided service to customers since 2018.

For more information about VCE, call at 1-855-699-8232, or visit valleycleanenergy.org.

VCE and PG&E comparisons

PG&E – VCE joint rate comparisons (PDF)
VCE - Electric power mix (PDF)

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