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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, […]

Stanford Students Help East Palo Alto Initiate New Renewable Energy Program

After a quarter-long collaboration between Stanford graduate students and city staff, East Palo Alto has become a founding member of Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). This new non-profit seeks to provide San Mateo County residents with renewable energy at low cost. Peninsula Clean Energy’s new “community choice energy” (CCE) program will take effect in August 2016. […]

San Bernardino County Energy Symposium Draws Desert Preservation Activists and Elected Officials

Photo caption: Woody Hastings (front row left) and Bill Powers (front row right) share their experience and knowledge of the renewable energy model known as Community Choice Aggregation while state, county, water and business leaders listen and take note. About 100 community leaders and clean energy advocates convened for a Local Energy Symposium on January 25th, […]

Energy Democracy: Inside Californians’ Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power

Great article written by Al Weinrub covering the history and benefits of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). He covers the past, present, and future challenges facing CCA. He quotes Clean Power Exchange’s own Woody Hastings on community control and CCA potential for purchasing energy from cleaner sources. “Nevertheless, the challenges of implementing Community Choice are many. Community […]

Valley Fire: This could be the face of our future

I am so grateful for the rain that fell yesterday, so unusual for California in September. In these last months, I feel like I’ve had front row seats to the climate disaster unfolding as fire ravages our state, unable to do anything about it. The intensity and proximity of the Valley fire in Lake County […]