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New Energy Agency Taking Reigns Soon in Redwood City, Woodside

“Redwood City, CA – Thousands of San Mateo County residents and business will soon receive the first of several notices informing them about the coming change in their electric energy supply from PG&E to the locally based and governed Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). The Peninsula Clean Energy Authority, formed in March 2016, is a joint […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Authority Chooses Direct Energy as Supplier

Peninsula Clean Energy has chosen Direct Energy for its initial rollout. “This confirmation agreement with Direct Energy is for a 51-month term, running from October 2016 through December 2020. Customers in San Mateo County will be enrolled in the 50 percent renewable default option, branded as ECOplus, which also will include 75 percent greenhouse gas-free […]

Open enrollment begins for clean energy program

Starting now, all residents of San Mateo County can voluntarily opt-in for service with Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) to join the 20 percent of residents, randomly selected from different zip codes in the county. This initial 20 percent, and those who decide to switch early will be joined by the rest of the county in April, 2017 […]

Clean energy notices sent out

Notices are being sent out to a portion of the 297,000 potential, new Peninsula Clean Energy customers. These notices will inform the current PG&E customers of the benefits of the changes coming to their electricity service, and an option for them to opt-out of the new service if they choose. “The initial enrollment of local […]

Close to Home: Sonoma Clean Power’s invitation to Mendocino County

Sonoma Clean Power invites Mendocino County and its incorporated cities of Fort Bragg, Point Arena, and Willits to its program. “Sonoma Clean Power is not the only option being considered by Mendocino County. The Board of Supervisors is looking at possibly forming its own joint power authority and its own Sonoma Clean Power-like agency. A […]

Interview – Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor, and Chair, Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), San Mateo County’s Community Choice Energy program, is slated to launch in October of this year. Assuming that it meets this schedule, PCE will have gone from inception to serving customers in less than two years, faster than California’s existing four operational CCEs. In addition to its speedy launch, PCE has […]

City Launches Clean Power Program

CleanPowerSF has launched as of May, 2016 and customers are already seeing the benefits of cheaper utility bills and cleaner sources of power. This article covers how the organization was started, the challenges it faced, and the history of Community Choice in California. “CleanPowerSF was authorized in 2002 under California Assembly Bill (AB) 117, which enables […]

MCE Solar Customers Earn $1 Million+ for Excess Energy Production in 2015-16

MCE recently completed its fifth annual cash out process for rooftop solar customers, offering $1,028,452 in check payments to buy the excess solar generated electricity from approximately 3,000 customers. “It’s gratifying to see so many customers receive checks through MCE’s net energy metering program,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Of the $1 million MCE […]

Benicia eco company offers to pay residents for going solar

“Lots of people want to do their part in helping the environment, and one way to do it is by installing solar panels to cut back on the use of electricity. Unfortunately, the cost of these panels can be pretty exorbitant. Not everyone is willing to pay $73 a month for 730 kilowatt hours in […]

SILICON VALLEY CLEAN ENERGY TO PROVIDE 100% CARBON FREE ELECTRICITY AT LOWER RATES IN 2017

“The Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCE), a partnership of 12 local governments, will bring its residents and businesses 100% carbon free electricity at lower costs when it begins operation in 2017. On July 13th, SVCE’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the plan. ‘Offering 100% carbon free electricity at lower rates is a game-changer, fulfilling […]