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View of Community Choice Energy from CEO Glenn Wright, Shell Energy North America

In 2010, Marin Clean Energy chose Shell Energy North America as its first electric service provider, making the company the first to supply a California Community Choice Energy program with electricity. I spoke with Glenn Wright, CEO of Shell Energy North America (SENA), about his views of Community Choice and what he sees on the […]

Make Climate Action SLO City Major Priority!

Community Choice Energy Supporters: Your first big action of the big year ahead is coming up next week, Tuesday, January 10, when SLO City has our major goal setting community forum.  We have a City Council that is ready to take action, they just need us to back them up. It is important that we have a […]

SDG&E’s Plan To Lobby On Community Choice Is Suspended

San Diego Gas & Electric’s plan to lobby on the alternative energy program called community choice aggregation was approved in August 2016, but now has been suspended because it does not comply with state directions. Under state law, the utility is prohibited from lobbying or marketing on community choice unless it forms an independent district that’s funded by shareholders, not ratepayers. […]

The Benefits of Community Choice Energy and How California Utilities Aim to Block Them

In California, the fight is on between renewable energy advocates and the old guard electric utilities. All across California, cities and counties have been moving to implement Community Choice programs because they provide cheaper, cleaner, locally generated electricity. In fact these programs are so good, the utilities hope you never hear about them. Before we get […]

Community Choice Aggregation En Banc Hearing

February 1, 2017 9:30 am – 4 pm California Public Utilities Commission 505 Van Ness Avenue, Auditorium (Corner of Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street) San Francisco, California  94102 The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) En Banc hearing on February 1, 2017. CCAs are local governmental entities authorized by statute to procure […]

10 Predictions for Rooftop Solar in 2017

Take a look at #3 for Community Choice Energy’s role in Barry Cinnamon’s 2017 rooftop solar predictions. I got lucky with my predictions for rooftop solar in 2016 — pretty much on target with nine out of the 10 darts that I threw. But this year is shaping up to be much more challenging, with routine solar-coaster turmoil […]

Sonoma County, Windsor to Use Holding Ponds for Solar Power

In a creative approach to producing clean, cheaper electricity, plans are moving ahead to install floating solar panels on holding ponds operated by the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Town of Windsor. One of the more appealing aspects of the floating panels is they don’t take up agricultural land, open space or scenic corridors, […]

County Establishes Energy Authority

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors officially created a regional energy authority. The board also finalized a Joint Powers Agreement to allow East Bay municipalities to work together to procure energy for customers and have more input ensuring that energy comes from clean, local, renewable sources. Already, 11 local cities have voted to join Alameda […]

Cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga and Sunnyvale Commit to 100% Renewable Energy for City Electricity Accounts

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Sunnyvale, Calif. – The cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga and Sunnyvale have taken their commitment to protecting our climate even further by voting to enroll their municipal electricity accounts in Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s optional GreenPrime program starting April 2017. The electricity in these communities to run city-owned facilities, […]

‘Community Choice’ Electricity Set for 2018

By Spring 2018, electricity consumers in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties likely will be using power that is at least 50 percent from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. Under plans endorsed by all but one municipality – Sand City – in the three counties, a new Monterey Bay Community Power […]