Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) has become a major trend in deregulated energy in the last few years, but it’s left some customers confused about who their provider really is.
CCAs are a type of buying group formed by municipal or county governments in order to procure energy or energy services on behalf of a large group of customers simultaneously. These groups harness the buying power needed in representing such a large potential customer pool to get good deals for their community members.
Aggregations first gained popularity as a means of choosing third-party energy supply in Ohio around 1999. The largest organization devoted to negotiating retail electricity and gas contracts on behalf of a group of customers is the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC). NOPEC represents approximately 138 cities and over 500,000 customers.
Aggregations have started to spring up in other deregulated markets. Illinois has a flourishing community aggregation program, and New Jersey and Rhode Island have started to pilot similar programs as well. Massachusetts is currently in the process of sanctioning the first aggregation group, which will represent approximately 200,000 customers in sixteen counties.
One major victory of CCAs has been in terms of renewable energy choice. Outside of seeking discounted energy for its members, CCAs have been very successful in incorporating renewable sources into their energy procurement portfolios. NOPEC’s aggregation touts a 70% reduction in air pollution from its sources versus standard regional supply. CCAs to increase renewable investment have recently grown very popular in California.
AGR Group is excited to participate in serving community choice aggregations. We provide customer service support for aggregation providers. Our team has the knowledge to field questions regarding every aspect of the system, from enrollment to billing. We are your CCA solution. Contact us today for a consultation.