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Where Is Community Energy Going?

Yolo County’s new community choice energy agency recently approved negotiation with SMUD for a set of technical services designed to get the agency online by June next year. The Valley Clean Energy Alliance’s current staff consists of city and county employees borrowed from local sustainability programs, essentially a zero-sum game that may limit rather than […]

Some of California’s Major Utilities Are Trying to Block the Growth of Government-Owned Electricity Programs

Some of California’s big shareholder-owned utilities are working to thwart the expansion of government-owned electricity programs, including Los Angeles County’s proposed end run on traditional power providers. San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. are seeking amendments to state legislation or even a separate bill before the session ends Sept. […]

MCE Has Mustered a Lot of Green Power

  In a recent letter from a San Rafael resident, a claim was made that so far Marin Clean Energy “has been a complete failure … at increas(ing) the amount of renewable energy on the grid.” The fact is that all electric utilities, including MCE, have been purchasing their new capacity from independent producers. So […]

Pleasanton Residents Urged to Ask Council to Join Energy Group

Pleasanton is one of two cities in Alameda County that has not signed up to participate in the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) program. EBCE, a joint powers agreement to operate a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program was established in December by Alameda County. A CCA allows local governments and some special districts to pool […]

LADWP Sees Highest Demand Ever as Angelenos Roast in Record-Breaking Heat Wave

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers used more electricity on Thursday battling the heat wave than has ever been used in the agency’s history, DWP officials announced. Customers hit a peak demand of 6,502 megawatts at 4:15 p.m., shattering the previous record of 6,396 megawatts used on Sept. 16, 2014. The agency expects […]

Huntington Beach to Explore Local Control of Utilities

HUNTINGTON BEACH The City Council has taken a step toward claiming added control of its electric utilities, agreeing to examine data from Southern California Edison on the costs and usage of the utility’s power supply. That data will be used for a $25,000 report on the benefits and risks the city would face if it chose to […]

Cac Supports SB 100 (De León): Community Choice Is Key Strategy in Transition to 100% Clean Energy

September 1, 2017–Climate Action Campaign joined with our allies at a press conference this morning to support Senate Bill 100 (De León), which would ensure that California generates 100% of its electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources by 2045. Supporters of the bill, including BlueGreen Alliance, California Interfaith Power & Light, Climate Action Campaign, Environment […]

California CCAs Spur Worry of Regulatory Crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Few parties in California are happy with the way the state’s community choice aggregator (CCA) program is turning out, legislators learned during a Wednesday hearing at the state capitol. In a discussion that at times grew tense, state senators heard how the evolution of California’s CCA program has shifted hundreds of millions […]

King City Working on Community Clean Energy Program

The City Council recently took the first step in an effort that could potentially make King City a future leader of local clean energy production. A contract was approved with Pilot Power Group, Inc. to prepare the feasibility and technical analysis needed to determine the likelihood of success of forming the City’s own Congregated Choice […]

Coldwell Solar, Sonoma Clean Power to Deliver 2 MW of Renewable Energy to Customers

When solar contractor Coldwell Solar and not-for-profit electricity provider Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) break ground for a combined 2 MW of solar energy facility–generating enough power to 600 homes—it will mark the next step in the journey to a clean energy future for Sonoma and Mendocino counties in California. The groundbreaking will launch construction on […]