FAQ for Customers

FAQ for Customers

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Overview

In 2002, Assembly Bill 117 was signed into law, allowing cities and counties to participate in Community Choice Aggregation. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a program that allows cities, counties, and Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs), to procure electricity for customers within a defined jurisdiction. Customers not wishing to participate in the CCA where they take electric service are allowed to opt out. Under CCA guidelines, Southern California Edison (SCE) continues to deliver electricity through its transmission and distribution system. SCE also provides meter reading, billing, maintenance and outage response/restoration services.

What are the roles and responsibilities between a CCA and SCE?

SCE customers typically receive power, including the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity, solely from SCE. For these customers, electric service is referred to as “bundled” because all the components of providing electricity to a home or business are supplied by one electric service provider: Southern California Edison (SCE).

With CCA Service, cities or counties (or aggregated groups of cities and counties who have partnered together) are responsible for the generation portion of their customers’ electric service; SCE is still responsible for delivering the power to homes and businesses. Unlike a utility such as SCE, a CCA does not own the transmission and delivery systems (i.e., the poles and wires). Therefore, SCE and CCAs work together to bring electric service to their communities.

If your home or business falls within the boundaries of a CCA, you are considered to be part of that CCA’s territory.

Once you become a CCA customer, you will continue to receive your monthly bill from SCE. CCA’s electric generation charges, as well as SCE’s transmission and distribution charges, will be included on your SCE bill. When you pay your bill, SCE will transfer the electric generation portion of your payments to your CCA.

This webpage is intended to aid in understanding SCE’s programs and requirements. It does not replace the California Public Utilities Commission-approved tariffs. In the event of a conflict between this webpage and SCE’s tariffs, the tariffs control. Please refer to the individual tariff for a complete listing of terms and conditions of service, which can be viewed online at sce.com/tariffs.

Bill protection calculations may differ if a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) is responsible for the generation of your electricity. For the months when SCE generated your electricity, you received bill protection for both generation and distribution charges. For the months when a CCA generated your electricity, you received bill protection for distribution charges only.