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This bill enables local governments to create Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). With CCA consumers become empowered through their local government to negotiate contracts that protect themselves and the environment while getting lower electricity rates. A local government can choose to form a CCA which allows the county, municipality, or group of counties/municipalities to purchase electricity on behalf of all consumers and businesses within its jurisdiction.
The benefits of Community Choice Aggregation:
- Through Community Choice, local governments can negotiate electricity rates, the source of energy generation, and other key decisions with energy utilities on behalf of consumers and businesses. Simple economics dictates that large buyers of electricity will get the best rates.
- Allows communities to take control of their electricity purchases, while also protecting the environment by emphasizing a more rapid transition to renewable energy.
- Community Choice is entirely voluntary. Residents or businesses who do not wish to participate can opt-out.
At present seven other states have authorized local governments to create Community Choice Aggregators. But Maryland does not yet provide the choice for this type of local control.
By authorizing localities to create Community Choice Aggregators, Maryland will be giving its citizens the power to direct the purchase of their electricity to achieve both lower rates and a more rapid transition to renewable electricity.