King City, California positions itself to become the “King” of community energy
Central California city launches its own Community Choice Aggregation Program to save residents money on energy bills.
July 19, 2018
KING CITY, CALIFORNIA— Considered a BIG move by a small town, King City, California has positioned itself to become the “King” of community energy! “King City Community Power” launched on July 2, 2018 and the city has contracted with the San Diego-based, Pilot Power Group to facilitate and operate the program. King City is officially the smallest city in California to launch a Community Choice Aggregation Program (CCA), which makes King City the local electric energy provider. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will continue to transmit and bill customers—but proceeds return to the community. To learn more visit, kingcitycommunitypower.org.
The King City leadership, together with Pilot Power Group constructed an innovative, community-focused project that will add value to King City residents in a variety of ways. “The Community Choice Aggregation Program is a way for citizens of King City to save money on their energy bills, as well as receive training in the solar industry via the partnerships we’ve established. We are excited about the cost savings, training and jobs this project will bring to our community!” states the Mayor of King City, Mike LeBarre.
John P. Mellor, the CEO of Pilot Power Group is equally enthusiastic about the transformative nature of this project. “The leadership in King City is incredibly forward-thinking and extremely conscientious about conserving energy, creating new energy sources and enhancing the quality of life for King City residents—now and in the future. They are a great partner and we’re honored to work with them,” states Mellor.
In addition to partnering with the City, Pilot Power Group is partnering with Grid Alternatives, a local non-profit, to construct the CCA solar-related projects—including the rooftop solar program. Grid Alternatives will be able to provide services and programs at a substantially reduced cost, as well as incorporate job training for King City residents.
King City Community Power seeks to accomplish a number of objectives, including: 1) establish customer rates lower than those currently charged by PG&E; 2) develop projects that will generate local renewable power; 3) provide outstanding customer service, including 100 percent call takers that are bilingual; 4) provide subsidized programs offering rooftop solar equipment to local residents, businesses and organizations— including no cost programs for low-income individuals and families; 5) provide local job training in the solar industry and increase local jobs; and 7) develop a program to install additional energy efficient streetlights throughout the city. King City residents who wish not to participate in the KCCP program have the ability to opt-out and continue to receive their power directly from PG&E.
About Pilot Power Group – Pilot Power Group, Inc. is a leading Energy Service Provider that offers custom energy solutions, portfolio management, and energy procurement strategies for commercial, industrial, and community clients participating in the deregulated energy environment. Since 2001, Pilot Power Group has executed even the most sophisticated energy management strategies. Based in San Diego, California, Pilot Power Group is an independent and non-biased advisor that is committed to its clients’ success in an ever-changing electricity market. To learn more about Pilot Power Group, visit PilotPowerGroup.com.
About King City Community Power – King City Community Power (KCCP) is an initiative of King City, California. The smallest of the communities in California to implement such a program, King City’s Community Choice Aggregation provides electricity and special programs with the common goal of utilizing cleaner energy. KCCP’s purpose is to give King City’s community an affordable choice in purchasing electricity while maintaining reliable service in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Learn more at kingcitycommunitypower.org.
King City working on community clean energy program
August 22, 2017 – The King City Rustler
The City Council recently took the first step in an effort that could potentially make King City a future leader of local clean energy production. A contract was approved with Pilot Power Group, Inc. to prepare the feasibility and technical analysis needed to determine the likelihood of success of forming the City’s own Congregated Choice Aggregation Program (CCA). Results of initial studies have been favorable.
Under the program, the CCA would become the local electric energy provider and PG&E would continue to transmit and bill for the power. Customers would also maintain the ability to opt out of the program and continue to receive their power directly from PG&E if they choose.
The contract has been structured in two phases. The first phase consists of preparing the necessary technical analysis. To ensure its accuracy and objectivity, the City will also be contracting with an outside third party to prepare a peer review of the results. Based on the results of the studies, the Council will then make a decision on whether to proceed to Phase II, which will include developing, launching and operating the CCA on an ongoing basis. No commitment on Phase II has been made at this time. That decision is targeted to take place in October.
The City made the decision to further evaluate the potential of forming its own CCA in an effort to design the program to maximize benefits to the local community. Goals and proposals of the program being studied to accomplish this include the following: 1) to establish customer rates lower than those currently charged by PGE; 2) to develop projects that will generate local renewable power; 3) to provide outstanding customer service, including 100 percent call takers that are bilingual; 4) to provide subsidized programs offering rooftop solar equipment to local residents, businesses and organizations, including no cost programs for low-income individuals and families and agencies that serve them; 5) to provide local job training in the solar industry and increase local jobs; 6) to assist in accelerating the process of electric service connections for new businesses and projects; and 7) to develop a program of installing additional energy efficient streetlights throughout the City.
As part of the feasibility studies, Pilot Power Group will prepare an initial cost analysis of constructing a local solar power plant on old unused landfill property owned by the City. If found viable, it could provide a substantial local renewable power source and revenue to recover landfill closure and monitoring costs incurred by the City. They will also evaluate the potential for providing the streetlight expansion program using wireless solar streetlights. The streetlight program was an important recommendation in the City’s Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Violence. Other overall renewable power options, such as wind energy, will also be considered.
Pilot Power Group is partnering with Grid Alternatives, a local non-profit, to potentially construct all the solar related projects, including the rooftop solar program. They are able to provide these programs at a substantially reduced cost and incorporate an extensive job training effort for local disadvantaged individuals from the community in each project.