The City of Brentwood has not joined the community choice options with MCE Clean Energy Program, which provides renewable energy options to the Brentwood residents.
Only two cities within East County have signed up, and they are Pittsburg and Oakley. The majority of the cities in West and Central County have joined.
We need to contact our city councilmembers to place on the city council’s agenda a discussion regarding whether the City of Brentwood should join. Earlier this year, the California Public Utilities Commission passed a resolution that changes the timeline to join the community choice program.
The new timeline means that any community wanting to join needs to submit its membership application by Sept. 15 of this year. The application includes a resolution, ordinance, memorandum of understanding and load data request from PG&E.
As you can see, this timeline is aggressive. If the September deadline is missed, then the soonest a new community could have clean energy choices would be 2021. Recognizing the time constraints, it is vital that the community choice option become a highly visible topic for our councilmembers to act quickly.
Bring renewable energy options to the table, by Clifton Louie ,The Press, June 20, 2018.