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San Diego School District Backs Public Energy Program as Alternative to SDG&E

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education called on the city of San Diego this week to adopt a government-run alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric. The board adopted a resolution on Tuesday urging to the city to implement community choice aggregation, a program that allows elected officials to buy and sell […]

Ventura County Will Explore Joining L.A. Venture to Create Renewable Energy

Ventura County officials will explore teaming up with Los Angeles County in a venture to produce renewable energy and slow down climate change, county supervisors decided Tuesday. Under state law, local governments can establish their own organizations to generate and distribute power. The intent is to boost the amount of power produced from renewable sources, such as […]

Santa Barbara Gives Community Energy Plan Another Look, Pursues Local Energy Plan

The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday voted to take another look at the costly Community Choice Energy plan, and also develop a local strategic energy plan to help increase renewable energy options. The vote was 5-1, with councilman Frank Hotchkiss voting No. Mayor Helene Schneider was absent. “This is the right direction,” said Councilman […]

Microgrid Kept Power on Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered. The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high […]

Council Cautiously Approves Energy Alternative for the City

The city council approved membership into a brand-new countywide energy alternative, but not without reservations. The Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program is a legal structure that allows cities and counties to procure energy independent of Southern California Edison and allow for a higher percentage of renewable energy. The CCA’s other goals include creating clean energy […]

San Diego Climate Report Shows Progress — Thanks To Whom?

San Diego remains ahead of schedule in meeting the goals of its landmark Climate Action Plan, according to a progress report released by city officials Wednesday. The annual report found greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 were about two percent lower than 2015, and 19 percent lower than the climate plan’s baseline year of 2010. Mayor […]

Tipping Point for Natural Gas: Huge Project Canceled in California

So … that was fast. US natural gas stakeholders barely had time to congratulate themselves for pushing coal out of the power generation market, and it looks like karma is already getting the last laugh. Low-cost renewable energy is beginning to nudge natural gas aside. In the most recent and striking development, California’s massive 262-megawatt […]

California Community Choice Association Quarterly Update Published

The October edition of Cal-CCA’s Quarterly update is out. Cal-CCA now has 13 operational members and 10 affiliate members throughout the state.  Most of Cal-CCA’s work happens in the state legislature and at the relevant regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board. The update includes highlights […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Electric Customers Reduce Cabon Emissions in First Year of New Service, Agency Reports

From PCE: 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 rates for electric generation service, […]

Sonoma Clean Power Extends EV Incentive Program Due to Fires

Press Release  Savings on Electric Cars + Free Home Chargers Extended through November 30th (Santa Rosa, CA) Because of the recent fires that have affected Sonoma and Mendocino counties, Sonoma Clean Power has extended the date for their Drive EverGreen program, to provide customers more time to take advantage of the purchase credits, incentives and […]