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A sea of 4,354 solar panels installed at a former rock quarry just outside northwest Novato is expected to begin powering 300 homes in 30 days. Construction is nearly complete on the one-megawatt, ground-mounted solar project — the largest such installation in Marin — which will provide locally sourced energy through MCE, formerly known as […]
The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors will consider participation in a community choice energy program at its Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd. They will be considering joining East Bay Community Energy or Marin Clean Energy. Marin Clean Energy pioneered green energy procurement, and cleared the ground for CCA’s (Community Choice Aggregation, also […]
In April, progress continued toward the launch of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), Alameda County’s new Community Choice energy program. Most relevant for community-minded advocates, the governing board is soon to seat a Community Advisory Committee and a contractor has begun work on creating a local development business plan. Community Advisory Committee. The function of […]
Sonoma Clean Power and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. are facing off over how their customers should pay for a growing amount of surplus power now that more local power providers have emerged as an alternative source. The outcome of the dispute likely will affect energy bills for customers of regular utilities and for those […]
On May 2, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors has a choice to make regarding which local, clean energy agency it will join to power homes and businesses in unincorporated parts of the county. The choice is between the well-established MCE (originally known as Marin Clean Energy) and East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the Alameda […]
There’s no doubt that Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s annual investments in repairing and upgrading its electricity transmission system should be subject to greater oversight. The repair and upgrade projects cost PG&E hundreds of millions of dollars every year. But they fall into an unusual regulatory gray zone. The California Public Utilities Commission, which oversees […]
Every time a California community starts buying electricity on behalf of its residents — as San Francisco does with its new CleanPowerSF program — the state’s traditional utilities get stuck with excess electrons that they’ve already bought but no longer need. Customers of such “community choice aggregation” projects pay a monthly fee to the utilities […]
Offering CleanPowerSF to every eligible SF resident and business is the single most important factor driving greenhouse gas emission reductions from San Francisco’s energy sector Today, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Department of the Environment announced the City’s goal of a 50 percent renewable […]
Portola Valley is the first city in the country to have 100% renewable energy as the default power supply for all customers in its jurisdiction. All cities in San Mateo County now buy their electric power from Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), a joint powers authority. Peninsula Clean Energy gives customers the choice of ECOplus, a […]
Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday set a new goal for San Francisco — that at least 50 percent of the city’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. That’s 10 years ahead of the target the state has set for itself. “At a time when the federal government is rolling back environmental regulations, we are […]