Consumer choice has suddenly revolutionized the electricity business in California.

Facing real competition for the first time, California's big three utilities are hustling to produce more power from renewable-energy sources. Below, a wind farm near Rio Vista, Calif.

Nearly 2 million electricity customers in California may not know it, but they’re part of a revolution.

That many residents and businesses are getting their power not from traditional utilities, but via new government-affiliated entities known as community choice aggregators. The CCAs promise to deliver electricity more from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, and for a lower price than the big utilities charge.



Author Name: Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

Photography By: Bob Chamberlin / McClatchy-Tribune


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