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Peninsula Clean Energy Customers Reduce Carbon Emissions While Saving Millions Annually

REDWOOD CITY, California, October 19, 2017 – What does a year bring to San Mateo County? On the one year anniversary of Peninsula Clean Energy offering electric power, San Mateo County residents and businesses have substantially reduced their carbon emissions while saving millions of dollars. Peninsula Clean Energy’s power is priced at 5% below PG&E’s […]

City Weighs Benefits of Buying, Selling Its Own Electricity

Tuesday, the (La Cañada) council discussed the possibility of entering a Community Choice Aggregation program that would allow local governments to purchase and sell electricity to residents instead of relying on traditional investor-owned utility procurement, such as Southern California Edison. Carl Alameda, the city’s director of administrative services, explained there are currently two different CCA […]

Solana Beach Votes on Next Step Toward Community Choice Energy

The Solana Beach City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday night on whether to move into the next phase of preparing for Community Choice Energy. The city of 13,000 residents is at the forefront of a growing trend in San Diego County to take more local control of where residents get their energy. The city […]

San Marcos Pairs up With Tesla to Bring Solar Power to Schools

Tesla Motors Inc., known for building high-end electric cars, will be powering San Marcos schools, as well. Last December, the district inked a deal with the Silicon Valley energy company to introduce solar arrays at most of its campuses. Construction on that project starts today at Paloma Elementary School, and will be rolled out in […]

Sempra, Chamber Lobbying Asks San Diego to Put Government-Run Electricity Program on Ice

A debate is nearing a boiling point over whether the city of San Diego should form a government-run alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric — a move that could foreshadow a massive overhaul of electrical markets across California. The city is facing several votes in the coming months that could either shelve the program […]

A Tidal Wave of Local Clean Energy in California

Menlo Spark is an independent nonprofit working to help Menlo Park, California, become climate neutral by 2025. It is working with Peninsula Clean Energy to provide clean energy to San Mateo County. RMI worked as a strategic advisor to Menlo Spark in the early stages of its effort. A clean energy revolution is quietly washing […]

Lori Mitchell Named as Director of San José’s New Community Energy Department

Lori Mitchell has been appointed as Director of the Community Energy Department, by City Manager Dave Sykes. The San José City Council ratified her appointment today. With more than 20 years of experience in the renewable energy and utility industry, Mitchell comes to San José from her most recent employ ment at the San Francisco […]

Just Published! Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions

Energy Democracy is the first book to show what building an alternative, democratized energy future can look like. It frames the international struggle of working people, low income communities, and communities of color to take control of energy resources and use those resources to empower their communities. Bringing together racial, cultural, and generational perspectives, the […]

California State Legislative Summary – 2017

October 15 was the deadline for the Governor to sign legislation and with that deadline now passed, the 2017 session, the first year of a two-year session, has drawn to a close. We tracked several bills directly and indirectly related to Community Choice, as well as several others of interest to the climate, clean energy, […]

Lancaster (California) Is “Solar Power Capital Of The Universe”

Lancaster, California, produces more solar power per capita than any other city in the state. Devastated by the recession of 2009, when unemployment rose to 17%, the city has made its commitment to solar the basis of its economic rebirth. Today it is home to the BYD truck and bus factory, which just finished an […]