MEGA CCA Progress: Petition Submission and Technical Conference Participation
Aggregation of electric supply through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs will offer lower and/or stable utility prices for residents. MEGA and our consulting team are particularity qualified to support CCA especially given Satori Energy, the parent company of EnergyNext, Inc.’s extensive experience developing and administering successful CCA programs in 40 Illinois communities.
On January 11th MEGA submitted a petition to the NYSPSC requesting authorization to initiate and implement a demonstration CCA program among interested municipalities. Our petition to the Commission was given Case # 16-M-0015 and will be open for comments soon. Our petition outlines the interest of MEGA participants in developing CCA programs as well as MEGA and our consulting partners’ qualifications to support these efforts. Our main point is that the aggregate utility data exist now, for free, to support the development of CCA programs. We explain in detail the process for securing supply and include specifics on program oversight, community education, ESCO selection and relationship, customer eligibility, data access and privacy protections. You can read the full petition here.
MEGA and our consulting partner EnergyNext, Inc. have also been active in technical conferences held by Department of Public Service Staff addressing issues of aggregate and consumer data provisions and privacy. As these issues are of relevance to CCA MEGA attended and submitted comments on the first conference and presented at the second conference. Gordon Boyd, from EnergyNext, Inc. shared the firms’ experience with aggregation of 40 communities in Illinois. Presented as a case study, it highlighted the processes that supported easy data requests and transfers as well as privacy considerations for CCAs serving 40,000 households. Mr. Boyd ended his presentation at the technical conference with two metaphors. He said, “the pioneers went west in Conestoga wagons, they didn’t wait for the development of the Cadillac Escalade and likewise Ferdinand and Isabella sent their ships across the ocean without pausing to ask what they will do if they need to land airplanes on the decks.” This was all to underscore the opinion of MEGA, expressed in both our comments and presentation, that while many of the questions of the technical conferences will need to be answered to support broad Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiatives, a simple supply focused CCA can begin without working through the many details.
We expect to hear from the Commission in the coming weeks on the status of our petition. While this is all movement in the direction of CCA becoming a reality, we aren’t there yet. We could be a few weeks or many months away from authorization of MEGA’s proposed demonstration CCA and/or the final ruling for CCA statewide. While our timeline is unknown our continued efforts put us in a position to act quickly if and when CCA does become a reality.