A great article about Community Choice around the state of California and a nice summary of CCA facts. All of the CCEs online so far offer a larger portion of renewable energy than PG&E,and cost a bit less. All offer a 100% green option for just a slightly higher rate. Importantly, the income generated by […]
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Monterey Bay Community Power in the news: “Johnson said there are 18 cities signed on to the local effort from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties and that the 3-year-old endeavor will probably come to fruition with a launch in October.” Visit www.MBCommunityPower.org for more information. Economic summit highlights innovations, collaborations in Monterey Bay region, By […]
MCE adds 7 new municipalities. “Dawn Weisz, Marin Clean Energy’s executive officer, said the extra revenue generated by the addition of Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga and Yountville could result in an average 8 percent reduction in Marin Clean Energy’s rates.” Marin Clean Energy Adds 7 New Municipalities, Raising Prospect of Lower […]
The effects of climate change are starting to impact crop yields in California’s Central Valley. Don Cameron is a farmer, solar power advocate, and leader in the effort to improve groundwater recharge in the Valley. He sees a connection between climate change and the need to plan for responsible groundwater use. “Cameron, who is also a board member of the […]
“A program that allows homeowners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades over time, without putting money down upfront, became available on Tuesday to residents living in unincorporated San Joaquin County.” Energy program spreads through SJ, by Alex Breitler, Record, April 19, 2016.
The City of Martinez is exploring joining a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to become the default energy provider to their community. The article does not explicitly state that it will be Contra Costa County’s JPA, but it seems like they would be the likely agency. “The city approved early plans on Wednesday to explore joining a new […]
Farmers are seeing the benefits of solar both through cost reduction and as a way to fortify their infrastructure to protect against outages. “Solar and agriculture experts say solar is one of the few ways farmers can control rising business costs. Many growers have little to no flexibility in cutting expenses like feed, labor and […]
“On March 9, 2016, Maria Hinojosa, host of the cutting edge NPR show Latino USA, came from New York to Sacramento to moderate a panel on Inequality and Climate Change before a live audience.” “The lack of sufficient programs so that low-income residents have access to solar panels for their roofs or neighborhoods and electric […]
One of the most prominent benefits of CCAs is that it offers communities with local control over energy decisions; choosing who provides their communities energy and what will be used to provide it. CCA offers energy independence, price stability and more efficient Energy Efficiency programs.
“San Luis Obispo leaders this week indicated interest in exploring a program that allows communities to purchase alternative power supplies for their customers rather than the local utility’s mix of energy sources.” City of SLO to look into buying power from renewable sources, By Cynthia Lambert, The Tribune, April 1, 2015.