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My Word: Piedmont needs to embrace climate plan, cut energy use

“Piedmont needs to participate in community choice aggregation (CCA), a countywide effort to switch Alameda County to renewable energy sources such as solar and hydro. CCA may lead to slightly higher energy bills but could reduce Piedmont’s GHG emissions by 50 percent.” My Word: Piedmont Needs to Embrace Climate Plan, Cut Energy Use, by Garrett Keating, The […]

OP-ED: Investment in sustainability, infrastructure and safety

“In addition to the wastewater treatment plant, the city of San Mateo is participating in sustainability projects including the countywide effort to provide clean renewable electricity provided by the new agency Peninsula Clean Energy, the greatest regional effort to reduce greenhouse gases in local history. We are mandating solar projects with all new buildings. We […]

Council hears about crude by rail, water infrastructure and EMS costs Tuesday

“PG&E exit fees Councilmember Alan Schwartzman provided the Council with some information pertaining to a proposal to submit a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) fee, essentially an exit fee, charged by Pacific Gas & Electric to customers who have switched to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) […]

Municipal Aggregation Could Add 100,000 Customers

Marin Clean Energy’s customer base is growing, and the word is getting out. “Communities with some 94,000 customers are joining California community choice aggregation Marin Clean Energy in the coming months, which, depending on the opt-out rate, could increase the aggregation’s customer count by about 50%.” Municipal Aggregation Could Add 100,000 Customers, RetailEnergyX, June 29, 2016.

Cleaner Energy Option Coming to Lafayette

Lafayette residents to start receiving mailers from Marin Clean Energy ahead of their September service launch. “To announce the community choice energy program and educate residents, provider Marin Clean Energy is sending a series of five colorful mailers, in the form of post cards and letters, announcing the program over the summer. The first batch […]

Clean Power for San Francisco

If you have time, click the link and listen in to Barbara Hale, Assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission talk to KALW San Francisco about their new Community Choice Aggregation program, CleanPowerSF. “Close to 8,000 San Francisco homes and businesses were automatically enrolled in CleanPowerSF in May of 2016.” Clean Power for […]

MCE Announces 9% Rate Reduction For September 2016

Typical electric customers will pay slightly less than PG&E for MCE’s 50% renewable energy service San Rafael, CA — On June 16, 2016, MCE’s Board of Directors voted to reduce energy rates by an average of 9%, effective September 1. This means the cost of MCE Light Green 50% service will be slightly less than […]

Timeline for Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority Announced

by Bruce Karney, President of the Board, Carbon Free Mountain View Key outcomes from the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCEA) Board Meeting on June 8, 2016: 1) Rollout of SVCE’s service will take place at a fast pace in three phases.  Phase 1 will happen in April 2017, Phase 2 in July 2017 and Phase […]

Clean energy coming, but cheaper rates?

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers of Marin Clean Energy (MCE) typically pay lower rates and receive higher rates of renewable energy than they would get from their investor owned utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). However, new MCE customers in American Canyon are questioning whether or not their rates will be lower than rates they […]

Wednesday: Portola Valley may go with 100% renewable sources for electricity

Portola Valley will be joining Peninsula Clean Energy, but they would like to opt-in for the 100% renewable power by default. Customers wanting to participate in PCE’s other programs, or to receive their power from PG&E, will have to opt-out of the program. “Portola Valley’s Town Council is set to consider on May 25 a venture that […]