What is CCA 2.0?
Local Power. Growing CCA since 1995.
Here's your community's annual energy demand today.
Transforming energy isn't just about adding green power somewhere far away on the grid, but installing it in homes and businesses to subtract energy demand from the bottom up. These graphs show the modeled transformation of the 365 day pattern of demand for an urban community.  8760 hours of annual demand define the shape of your community's aggregate energy costs and carbon emissions. Choosing renewable resources to match demand patterns is the art of a lowest cost, most scalable transition to a new green energy system. 
And there's where your community will be when we're done
As energy buyers with genuine motivation and a free hand to design their energy supply portfolios, CCAs are uniquely positioned in the marketplace to target onsite renewables and efficiency according to the relation of energy use patterns of each building to the aggregated community. Behind-meter renewables, energy efficiency, microgrids and dynamic electric vehicle chargers may be placed to reduce aggregate peak power premiums and greenhouse gas emissions. This means not only lowest cost and greatest impact, but also customer ownership and local wealth retention, local jobs, and local economic development.

A Quarter Century Creating and Leading a Revolution in Power.
Local Power Inc. works for local governments to launch CCAs. Our purpose is to help communities reinvent energy utility services centered on local renewables and efficiency technologies: locally-controlled, locally-built and locally-owned. Our founder, Paul Fenn, has worked for a quarter-century to make this idea a reality, inventing Solar Bonds to allow CCAs to finance local renewables and energy efficiency. Local Power brought the first Community Solar program to California. We created a strategy for CCAs to optimize transitions from grid to local power, and designed CCA programs to localize jobs and offer customers equity. Local Power helps communities to "Own Your Power."

Click here to read our updated (2016) white paper, "CCA 2.0." 

“(Local Power Inc.’s) plan, built on an incredible quantity of data, is about the most granular and complete map of CCA's radical potential to transform a city's energy footprint as has ever been produced.”

- Truthout, 2013

"Fenn's plan leans heavily on reducing consumption via increased efficiencies and creating hundreds of 'behind-the-meter' small-to-midsized solar installations. PG&E makes the lion's share of its money on power distribution; behind-the-meter setups wouldn't run on PG&E's lines, eliminating those costs. All told, Fenn claims his model would deliver several hundred megawatts of power to the city while saving consumers money over PG&E rates, and putting thousands of locals to work. The funds for transforming the city into a green paradise — up to $1.4 billion — would be provided via bonds authorized by voters in Proposition H of 2001. Fenn wrote that proposition. He also wrote the original Community Choice Aggregation law in Massachusetts in 1997; drafted San Francisco's CCA resolution in 1998; penned the California law authorizing the creation of CCAs in '02; wrote the city's CCA ordinance in '04; and created the CleanPowerSF implementation plan in '07."

- San Francisco Weekly, 2013
Local Power's Groundbreaking Work on CCA 2.0
Since creating CCA 25 years ago, Local Power has continued as the Research and Development arm of the CCA Movement. 
Program Design
Barriers & Commercialization
Business Model
Transition from Grid to Renewables
Implementation Plan
Planning & Regulatory Compliance
Geographic Energy Analysis
Targeting Buildings & Infrastructure
Budgetary Analysis
Cost & Financial Models
Permitting Analysis
Zoning, Permitting, Technology & Development Analysis
Localization Plan
Regional Resources and Energy Needs
Policy & Regulatory Analysis
Regulation, Policy & Legal Transactional Basis
The CCA 2.0 Project - a Project of Local Power

(510) 451-1727

Local Power Inc.
PO Box 261
Comptche, CA 95427 USA
Local Power was co-founded in California by Paul Fenn and Julia Peters in 1996. Our recent clients include state governments like the State of New York, urban municipalities like the City of San Francisco,  and rural municipalities like Sonoma County. Read more about our past work here.