Entries by Woody Hastings

UC Santa Barbara students kick off project to create program evaluation tool for Community Choice agencies and stakeholders

Awarded scholarships to attend Business of Local Energy Symposium Previously announced in the Center for Climate Protection’s e-news, in late March a group project entitled “Developing a Toolkit to Optimize Community Choice Energy Programs,” initiated by a group of UC Santa Barbara students in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, was selected for […]

California Community Choice Association Quarterly Update Published

The April edition of Cal-CCA’s Quarterly update was released just as we were putting together this week’s e-news! Cal-CCA is the official association of the 8+ Community Choice agencies in the state that work together to represent the interests of California’s Community Choice electricity providers and their customers.  Most of Cal-CCA’s work happens in the state […]

Senate Bill 618 Amended

Threat removed for now, but vigilance required At the request of Cal-CCA, SB 618, the bill that would have granted the CPUC greater regulatory authority over Community Choice agencies, was amended in the Senate Energy Committee on April 18 removing the most harmful element. Cal-CCA removed its opposition and the bill was approved in the […]

Joint PCIA Working Group Releases Report April 5

Community Choice Agencies and Delivery Utilities also Issue Joint Petition to CPUC In previous posts we have addressed the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) and efforts to remedy some of the more troublesome aspects of it like volatility, longevity, and transparency. For background, our original paper on what the PCIA is can be downloaded here. […]

2017 Legislative Session Heats Up: Bills to Watch, and a Call to Action!

The Center for Climate Protection is tracking about 15 energy-related bills this legislative session, about half of which relate directly or indirectly to Community Choice Energy. Among them is one of particular concern, SB 618, authored by none other than Steven Bradford, the southern California Senator who in 2014 introduced the most threatening legislation for […]

Community Choice Baby Boom

To address the climate crisis, the Center for Climate Protection advances models that bring multiple benefits to communities, including greenhouse gas reductions. We identified Community Choice as a promising model in 2005, and began pursing in 2008 what became Sonoma Clean Power in 2014. Since then we’ve helped spread and optimize Community Choice in California. […]

Central Valley Farmers and Renewable Energy feature at the California Climate & Agriculture Summit

On February 28 I attended the fifth annual California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) Summit at UC Davis with my colleague and co-worker Kristin Berger. CalCAN is a Sacramento and Sonoma County-based coalition that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture. Central Valley Farmers made a good showing at the […]

“Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom!”

Full Day Focused on Community Choice Energy with Massive Attendance at CPUC “En Banc” Demonstrates Community Power and Interest On February 1st I attended the all-day California Public Utility Commission’s (CPUC’s) En Banc hearing in San Francisco on Community Choice Aggregation. This was a big deal. En Bancs are rare, and single out important issues […]

New Community Choice Energy customers often confused by utility rate increases

Rises in rates are not due to Community Choice, they are distribution utility increases charged to all ratepayers A problem is emerging for new Community Choice customers of agencies launching in PG&E’s territory. Around the time of launch or during the first year of operation, PG&E’s transmission and distribution (T&D) charges increase, leaving customers with […]