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What is San José Clean Energy? 
Under Assembly Bill 117 (2002), local governments can form  Community Choice Aggregations, or CCAs, to purchase wholesale electricity and sell it to residents and businesses. The City of San José’s San José Clean Energy (SJCE), will provide the same electricity service you now have but with more renewable energy options and competitive rates.

What happens to PG&E now that SJCE is established?
PG&E and SJCE are working in partnership. SJCE will purchase cleaner energy on the customer’s behalf, and PG&E will continue to maintain the grid, deliver energy, and send customers their bill. The transition to SJCE will be seamless.

Do other communities have CCAs?
There are six active CCAs in California: Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power, Lancaster Choice Energy, CleanPowerSF, Peninsula Clean Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy. An additional 20 cities and  counties are currently considering CCA development.

Why are so many local governments exploring CCAs?
With CCAs, communities have greater local control over energy  supplies and can buy power from renewable sources, often at  competitive or lower cost. CCAs allow communities to develop their own innovative energy programs, which help the environment and  stimulate the local economy.

Why did San José consider CCA?
As the nation’s 10th largest city, San José is committed to doing our  part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; renewable energy is key to combating climate change. Equally important, San José would like to  offer our community a choice in energy providers. CCA will provide the  community with a cleaner energy option, and control over pricing and flexibility to implement innovative energy conservation programs to benefit the San José community.

What are the benefits of having a San José CCA?
• Customer choice in energy providers
• Creates local jobs
• Generates revenue
• Sets spending priorities on local needs
• Offers more renewable energy
• Decreases greenhouse gas emissions

Do I have to enroll in SJCE?
Current PG&E electricity customers will be automatically enrolled. If you choose to return to PG&E-only service, you could opt out of the CCA. You will be notified of this option both prior to and after launch.

What will SJCE’s rates be?
SJCE rates are expected to be competitive with those of PG&E. Rates would be adopted by the governing body (either City Council or a Board, depending on the operational model) and customers notified of the rates and the ability to opt out prior to the start of service.

How is SJCE structured?
In May 2017, City Council approved proceeding with the establishment of a San José community choice energy (CCE) program, referred to as SJCE, under a single-jurisdiction model as a separate City department.

What if I have solar?
If you have solar installed and are enrolled in PG&E’s Net Energy  Metering (NEM) program, you would remain in PG&E’s NEM program  when your electricity service switches to SJCE. If the San José City  Council decides to establish an SJCE NEM program, you would be able to participate in SJCE’s NEM program. All customers will be notified if such a program becomes available.

Under a NEM program, net energy generation occurs if a rooftop solar  customer generates more power than they use over the course of the year. If the customer can meet specific regulatory criteria related to net energy generation, then PG&E or the CCA can pay for that excess power and count it towards their renewable portfolio. Neither PG&E nor a CCA can count rooftop solar as part of their renewable portfolio or “power mix” unless it meets this regulatory criteria and it is purchased by PG&E or the CCA.

What programs will be offered under SJCE?
A CCA can offer a wide variety of incentives and programs and tailor their offerings to  address San José’s priorities and policies. Operational CCAs currently offer programs such as net energy metering that pay a higher incentive than PG&E for rooftop solar, electric vehicle incentives, solar incentives for low-income residents, energy efficiency services, and business incentives.