The technology exists to have 100% renewable energy for our homes and businesses right now.  It is clean, affordable and reliable.  Many areas in California and the United States have taken steps to adopt a new model of energy procurement where the community has more control over the type of energy purchased.  This model is called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).  Under a CCA, the community can decide where its energy comes from and has the opportunity to significantly increase the percentage of renewable and clean energy with options as high as 100% clean energy.  The local utility still distributes the power and the energy comes to your house or business in the same way as it does currently.  Here is a diagram outlining the flow of energy from an existing CCA, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA).


Figure 1 Source: Redwood Coast Energy Authority

With support from the Western Regional Council of Governments (WRCOG), Southwest Riverside County cities have been offered a chance to join a CCA called Western Community Energy and many have done so.  Unfortunately, Temecula and Murrieta did not take advantage of this opportunity.  For this reason, we would like to encourage all individuals to contact their City Council Members and voice support for this opportunity to increase the amount of clean and renewable energy locally.  Further benefits include possible energy bill cost reductions and local economic development.  It really is a win-win!

Figure 2 Source: Clean power Exchange
Those interested in learning more about CCAs can find valuable information below: 

Clean Power Exchange -

 Western Community Energy -

    Please consider contacting your Council Member to show them that we support CCAs and care for the environment.  The links below can help you contact your Council Member and there is a sample letter that can be used as well.


Murrueta City Council Members with email links

Temecula City Council Members with email links

 Sample letter:

Dear City Council Member,

   I am writing today to thank you for your service to the community and to bring an opportunity to your attention.  As members of the community, I think we can all agree that clean air and clean water are important now and for future generations.  Moving to cleaner, renewable energy sources can make considerable improvements in air and water quality while also building energy security.

   An increasing number of cities and local jurisdictions across California and the U.S. are moving forward with a model of energy procurement known as Community Choice Energy (CCE) or Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).  This model has been shown to:

·        Reduce home energy costs for residential and business users

·        Increase the level of clean and renewable energy used

·        Build local jobs and economic development

   In conclusion, I see the CCA opportunity as something that is worthy of our support and would like to invite you to revisit the topic as our window of time for moving forward with our local CCA, Western Community Energy, is limited.  Please reach out if you have any specific concerns and I would be happy to discuss this win-win energy solution.  I look forward to continuing to work together for a brighter future for our families, friends and businesses in this wonderful community.