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Santa Barbara County Energy Choice Forum

On June 7, 2017, Santa Barbara County Energy Choice held a Community Choice Energy forum at Faulkner Gallery in the Santa Barbara Public Library. This free public event was hosted by Santa Barbara Energy Choice and included the following speakers, Cathy DeFalco from Lancaster Choice Energy, J.R Killigrew from Marin Clean Energy, Joe Galliani from South […]

CCA Plans Advance, Another First for City

SOLANA BEACH — The county’s second smallest city is poised to become its first to launch community choice aggregation, or CCA. Council members voted 4-1 at the May 24 meeting to award contracts to a consulting team that will create, implement and operate the alternative energy program. “We’re talking about a milestone,” said resident and […]

Bringing the Birthplace of Wind Power into the 21st Century

I remember when my dad got his first “car phone.” It was bulky, required an antenna on the window and only worked once in a while. The iPhones we carry in our pockets today, made with three decades of product development, seem otherworldly by comparison. There’s a similar technology comparison playing out across California. American […]

Community Choice Aggregation: How Far Can It Push Energy Sector Transformation?

A recent Energy Gang podcast explored some of the challenges facing California’s grid and the kinds of market reforms that could provide potential solutions. One of the ideas that dominated the first 20 minutes was customer engagement and community choice aggregators (CCAs) — topics of particular interest for me, as I have been researching CCAs […]

Can California Really Hit a 100% Renewable Energy Target?

California takes pride in its clean energy credentials, but the state may be poised to take an even more dramatic next step: deriving 100 percent of its electrical power from renewable energy sources by the end of 2045. “I don’t think it’s a big stretch, politically,” said Senate President pro tem Kevin de León(D-Los Angeles), […]

Energy Storage Hits Record Growth in Q1 2017, but Slowdown Likely

The first quarter was the biggest quarter ever in terms of energy storage installations, but it could also be the biggest quarter of the year, according to the latest version of the U.S Energy Storage Monitor released by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. The first-quarter Energy Storage Monitor recorded 234 MWh of storage […]

Nevada Just Became the Most Exciting State for Energy Storage Policy

Nevada jumped to the vanguard of energy storage policy after passing a revision to its state renewable energy targets. In the past week, state legislators deputized the Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether it is in the public interest to require an energy storage procurement by utilities. The PUC has until October 1, 2018 to […]

Fed up with PG&E? Electricity Alternative Coming to Concord

CONCORD — The city has joined Marin Clean Energy, a community choice energy agency that provides solar and wind-generated electricity sources to residential, business and government customers. Concord residents will be enrolled automatically with Marin Clean Energy unless they opt out during the six-month enrollment period before the service goes live in May 2018. MCE intends to […]

Sunnyvale Mayor Hendricks Signs Climate Letter to President Trump

Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks says he reaffirmed his city’s dedication toward battling climate change by signing a letter addressed to President Donald Trump. The letter, sent last month, is said to represent members of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which counts among its members mayors from 75 cities across the country. “We write to […]

Santa Barbara Becomes 30th US City to Commit to 100% Renewable Energy

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The City of Santa Barbara has become the 30th city in the United States to commit to a transition to 100 clean and renewable energy. Santa Barbara is the first city on the Central Coast to make the bold commitment to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and transition all […]