Attention ALL Small Businesses and Municipalities:

Direct Install is coming to Ventura County

Qualifying small businesses and local government agencies can save energy & money through the Direct Install program, where trained energy-efficiency contractors help you identify ways to save energy. The Direct Install program will be visiting Ventura County from March 2017 through August in select locations. To see approximately when your Direct Install Contractor, California Retrofit Incorporated (CRI), will be in our area, please view the enclosed Direct Install Community Calendar.

An energy-efficiency expert will assess your business on site and recommend improvements that can help your business use less energy. Outdated, inefficient equipment may be replaced FREE with new energy-efficient models and lower energy usage. Find out if your business qualifies to participate. 

Learn more about Direct Install programs and other SCE solutions to help you manage energy costs and improve your bottom line by visiting, CALL (805)-654-3834 or connect with VCREA at

Community Choice Aggregation

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a program for a local government or group of local governments to purchase energy on behalf of electricity customers within their borders. The incumbent investor-owned utility (SCE in Ventura County) will still be the responsible party for delivering, metering, and billing electricity usage. Benefits of CCA programs include the ability to set their own utility rates, offer consumers cleaner and more efficient energy supply options for their electricity, and maintain local management and control for meeting energy needs. The option for California communities to develop and operate CCAs was established by AB 117 in 2002. California currently has three active CCA programs, which serve jurisdictions in the counties of Marin, Contra Costa, Napa and Sonoma, and the City of Lancaster. Dozens of other local governments in California are exploring the prospects for CCA programs in their respective communities.

Locally, jurisdictions in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties have joined together to explore the implementation of a CCA program in the tri-county region. Thus far, the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo as well as the cities of Camarillo, Carpinteria, Ojai, Moorpark, Santa Barbara, Simi Valley, Ventura, and Thousand Oaks have appropriated funds for a feasibility study for a Tri-County CCA Program. Each funding jurisdiction participates on a CCA Advisory Working Group (AWG).  Please continue to check out the VCREA website for updated information on the Tri-County CCA. 

CCA frequently asked questions available here: CCA FAQs.

Q2 Upcoming Events: 

Apr 8 Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day 
Apr 15 Oxnard Earth Day 
Apr 21 Adolfo Camarillo High School Earth Day 
Apr 22 Ventura Eco Fest
Apr 22-23 Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show 
May 13  Simi Valley Street Fair
Jun 10 Fillmore Honey Harvest Festival
Jul 15-17  Santa Paula Citrus Festival