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Thanks Meena! I have never participated in OpenIDEO before. I will work on your suggestions over the next week or so.

Hi Alisa! Great question. There are several ways in which what I am thinking of differs from community aggregation as it exists today. First, the"communities" I envision would not have to take the existing distribution system as a given. While this is not such an issue in California, in many places the distribution utility has not yet provided advanced metering or other infrastructure that might be useful to enabling greater use of renewables. The community could negotiate with the utility for a higher level of service. Second, I see the community (not the individual meters within it) being the utility customer. Thus, what becomes important so far as the distribution utility's pricing are the aggregate characteristics of energy use in the community, not the individual ones. The more control the community takes over its energy use, the better it will be able to negotiate with the utility for pricing that reflects its characteristics. Third, and ideally, the community could set pricing for its members working with -- but not limited by -- the amounts it is charged for the utility services it uses. Thus, the community could add third party services to the basic distribution service and commodity input. Essentially, what I am thinking about it the next step after community aggregation, which is generally just about having the electricity commodity be from a greater percentage of renewable sources. I would like to see communities have more authority, and of course the concomitant responsibility, for their energy services. Hope that helps. I don't think this exists anywhere yet. I am dreaming a bit. But I also don't think it is a stretch in any way except perhaps politically. From technological and accounting standpoints, this uses established processes and tools.