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Calif. CCA Pioneer Community Energy enters resource adequacy agreement

California community choice aggregator Pioneer Community Energy has entered into a resource adequacy purchase agreement with an affiliate of RAI Energy International.

RAI Energy’s Gas Co Road solar and energy storage project in Kern County, Calif., will deliver 7.1 megawatts of system resource adequacy over the course of 10 years, Pioneer noted in a news release.

RAI Energy, through its affiliate GasCo Rd LLC, will develop, design, permit, construct, own, and operate the project. The project is expected to begin operations in August 2021.

Based in Silicon Valley, Calif., RAI Energy International, Inc. is a global renewable energy development company.

Pioneer is a local government, not-for-profit partnership between the cities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Rocklin, the Town of Loomis and Placer County, serving more than 93,000 residential and commercial accounts throughout the county.

Other CCAs also focused on resiliency

Other CCAs in California are also focused on resiliency.

For example, the Board of Directors of California CCA Marin Clean Energy (MCE) in November voted to commit $3 million to support resiliency projects for its customers.

In June 2019, the board of California CCA East Bay Community Energy approved a contract with Vistra Energy to receive resource adequacy capacity from a 20-MW battery energy storage project that is currently planned to be built as a partial replacement for an aging, fossil fuel-fired power plant located in the heart of Oakland.

The American Public Power Association has initiated a new category of membership for community choice aggregation programs.