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It is our aim to present information and points of view that are important to clean energy and Community Choice stakeholders throughout California. The Clean Power Exchange and Center for Climate Protection are not responsible for the factual accuracy in reposted articles and viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of the Clean Power Exchange or Center for Climate Protection.

Edison Plans $11 Million Santa Barbara Power Infrastructure Overhaul

“Southern California Edison plans to replace transformers, switches and cables all over downtown Santa Barbara as part of an $11 million project to reduce the number of power failures throughout the city.” “Santa Barbara Councilman Gregg Hart urged Edison to make sure that any infrastructure changes include planning for the future, and the potential for Community Energy Choice, which would […]

Editorial: Valley Communities Take Note, Davis Charts Its Own Energy Path

The City of Davis and Yolo County have both voted to take steps towards creating a Community Choice Aggregation program. This program would give residents the choice of cleaner energy sources at lower prices, beginning in less than two years. “The goal is lofty: to provide more renewable energy, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and give […]

Community Choice Energy: A California transformation in one decade

by Ann Hancock, Executive Director, Center for Climate Protection In October 2014, at our first Business of Local Energy Symposium, only two operational Community Choice programs existed in California: Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power. A mere sixteen months later, Community Choice is taking off across the state. We reported this story in our […]

Symposium inspires innovation and camaraderie

Innovation, inspiration, and camaraderie emerged as themes defining the Center for Climate Protection’s second Business of Local Energy Symposium, held March 4, 2016. Titled “Creating the Clean Energy Economy,” the Symposium’s keynote speakers and panel discussions focused on Community Choice energy and how to optimize competition and choice for significant greenhouse gas reduction, energy resiliency, […]

When Communities Choose Their Energy, They Get a Better Deal

“Silicon Valley continues to lead the nation in the transition to a clean energy economy. In addition to driving innovation at some of the world’s leading cleantech companies, residents and businesses in the region will soon be able to participate in community choice energy programs providing new energy offerings from clean and renewable sources. The […]

Cities moving to clean energy: Twenty municipalities sign on to new county program, PG&E launches solar program

“Nearly 300,000 PG&E customers in San Mateo County will get their energy from renewable sources by the end of the year as all 20 of the county’s cities have agreed to form a joint powers agency with the county to buy clean power in bulk.” Cities moving to clean energy: Twenty municipalities sign on to […]

Mercury News editorial: San Jose should opt for clean energy plan

by Ann Hancock and Jeff Byron  “San Jose cannot meet its longstanding goal of maximizing the use of renewable energy without a substantial shift in the way it procures power. But it has limited resources to devote to the kind of Community Choice energy plan that other Bay Area cities and counties are adopting to […]

SoCal Edison to Renew County Franchise

Southern California Edison to renew its franchise contract with Kings County to provide electricity to Hanford and Armona for the next 30 years. “In exchange for letting the utility operate, the county gets 2 percent of SCE’s gross annual receipts arising from the utility’s uses under the franchise, which mainly involves the sale of electricity to local […]

Silicon Valley benefits from community choice in energy

“Big and positive changes are underway in Silicon Valley for renewable energy. Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and their cities are voting to establish Community Choice Energy programs, laying the foundation for the 21st Century energy system. In place of the old, centralized, linear, fossil-fueled system, a new structure that is like an Internet […]

Sonoma Clean Power continues to lead the way on clean power and low rates

Sonoma Clean Power launched in 2014 with rates below PG&E. SCP’s standard plan is to set rates once per year. When it had its first chance to raise rates in April 2015, it chose to keep them unchanged from the previous year. This year the staff proposal is to actually reduce rates. As things stand, […]