Just Released – CPUC Customer Choice Paper

On Tuesday, August 7, just one day before CPX E-News deadline, the CPUC’s final Customer Choice Paper was published. This has not given us enough time to read and report on the contents, which we will do in our next installment. But for now, we want to make sure you know about it and can access it. The CPUC’s statement that accompanied the publication and project contact info are below. For our previous comments on this matter, click HERE.

 

CALIFORNIA CUSTOMER CHOICE PROJECT FINAL CUSTOMER CHOICE PAPER ISSUED

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), after extensive public input, today issued the final version of its customer Choice Paper.  The Choice Paper addresses the changing electric market in California and resulting new challenges that are confronting the state’s energy future and reliability. The purpose of the Choice Paper is to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities in California’s rapidly changing electricity market, engage stakeholders, and advance a public dialogue to ensure continued reliable, clean, and affordable electricity for customers and equitable treatment for all market participants. Today’s release is the culmination of more than a year of stakeholder input and guidance from the Choice Paper’s Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of nationally recognized energy experts.  The final version includes non-material changes inspired by written comments submitted from numerous stakeholders and the remarks of participants at public workshops and En Bancs.  The final report includes an expanded discussion of the types of Load Serving Entities (LSEs), updated tables/figures on policy implementation, procurement, resource adequacy and information on a central buyer and customer data.

As next steps, the CPUC will continue to work with stakeholders and other state leadership in planning for California’s energy future and reliability. The CPUC will perform a gap analysis that will examine the fundamental questions raised in the Choice Paper to identify critical issues requiring solutions and create a draft Choice Action Plan. Additionally, a public workshop is being scheduled in mid-October, 2018, to discuss the CPUC’s findings in the gap analysis and a draft action plan as the framework for addressing these gaps.

Link to Choice Paper and Next Steps:  www.cpuc.ca.gov/CustomerChoice.

Contact Information:  For further information and any questions about the California Customer Choice Project, please email customerchoice@cpuc.ca.gov

Intersolar 2018 – An Unexpected Take-away

I attend Intersolar in San Francisco every year. Intersolar is one of the largest annual solar trade shows in the U.S. Attending is one of the ways I stay abreast of larger trends and developments in the solar and related industries sector. I use the opportunity to talk to the folks at the booths about what they see as the big trends, technology advances, and of course, challenges and threats to the industry.

In the past it has been things like the emergence of practical, affordable storage, microinverters, and improved solar carport installations techniques that have been the buzz. For me, the big takeaway came as something of a surprise, in a brief conversation.

I had come upon a company called “HOTSTART” on the second floor, the battery and storage level of the event (there were three levels, photovoltaics, balance of system, and storage). My typical interaction is to first find out the basics of what the company is all about, whether they are currently active in the California market or hoping to get into the California market, and depending on their initial answers, question them about the trends they see.

Upon learning that HOTSTART is an engine heater manufacturer for gas and diesel-powered generators out of Spokane, Washington, the wheels in the back of my head said: keep walking, this is not a company that you have anything in common with. After this quick hello, I said a polite “thank you have a great show” type of departure statement. I took about three steps and then stopped in my tracks. “Wait a minute,” I thought. What the heck is a company that sells to gas and diesel-powered generator manufacturers doing here at Intersolar?

I walked back to the table, and asked the representative, a genial fellow named Chris Oxford, Innovation Designer – New Market Development, what the heck they are doing at Intersolar. Chris quickly acknowledged that it is an unusual thing and that they are the only business of their type at the event. He explained that while a majority of their business is centered around a combustion engine powered by fossil fuels, as a company, HOTSTART sees “how the renewable energy industry will continue to grow with practical, affordable energy storage being a significant percentage of the overall power generation industry.” While they don’t yet have a specific product or solution that directly applies to solar, storage or some other kind of advanced clean energy technology, HOTSTART acknowledges the need to evolve their offerings to match the growing renewables market.

On the left, Chris Oxford, Innovation Designer – New Market Development; On the right, Josh Erickson, Product Manager – New Market Development

Then Chris said the thing that stuck in my mind resulting in this brief interaction being the most memorable moment of Intersolar 2018, and the inspiration for this little blog. Chris said: “look, in 25 years, maybe sooner, gas & diesel generators will play a smaller role in the overall power generation industry. It’s already happening with generators in microgrids serving as the secondary or tertiary power source to solar/wind generation paired with battery storage.” Full stop. This is a statement coming from a company that works closely with generator manufacturers whose products are currently the dominant technology for emergency, islanded, or remote generation needs.

I asked about Chris’s colleagues at the company and how the decision came about to attend Intersolar. He said “after HOTSTART experienced a downturn a few years back, leadership of the company saw the need to find new opportunities to grow as a company. That resulted in the creation of the team that I’m part of that is tasked to look at industries like renewable energy and see what was possible.” For a 75-year-old company, they aren’t so set in their ways that they can’t make a proactive decision to try to adapt to changing realities. Bravo.

I asked about other similar companies in the industry. Chris said that yes, it is a highly unusual thing that HOTSTART is at Intersolar. “We are the only ones from our industry at this show. The gas and diesel generator market and the companies that supply to them can be slow to change but we’ve seen some of our customers, like Caterpillar, working to develop microgrid solutions that incorporate solar, wind and storage with their standard generator product.” Chris and HOTSTART do not see business as usual as a successful or sustainable business model.

This is the kind of revelation that underscores in a real-world way the veracity of the assertions those of us in the renewable energy sector say repeatedly – real change is happening right now and more change is coming in the not-too-distant future.

Here’s to looking forward to Intersolar 2019 and ever more surprises.

Customer Choice on the Agenda @ CPUC

On Friday June 22, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), held an all-day “En Banc,” a non-voting informational session to explore changing dynamics in the state around customer choice. Solar, Direct Access, and Community Choice Aggregation are three areas where customer choice in the electricity sector is changing. For the recording of the entire En Banc, click HERE.

The Center for Climate Protection submitted comments in response to the CPUC’s “California Customer Choice: An Evaluation of the Regulatory Framework Options for an Evolving Electricity Market, also known for short as “Green Book.” Yes, the hard copies they had on hand at the En Banc were in fact green. The essence of the Center’s comments on the matter is that Community Choice agencies (CCAs), are an excellent vehicle for the state to navigate to the clean, decentralized, democratized energy economy of the future. To read the Center’s full comment, click HERE.

Lastly, the California Community Choice Association, issued and excellent statement on the Green Book. It calls it “a report in search of a problem.” And we at CPX agree, at least as far as it relates to CCAs. CCAs are not creating any kind of electricity reliability, affordability, or environmental problem. Read the statement HERE.

Stay tuned to CPX for future updates on this matter.

 

Local Power Providers Are Securing a Cleaner, More Prosperous Future for California

By Mike McGuire and Ann Hancock

A little-known revolution is sweeping California’s energy market, helping the state exceed its ambitious goals for renewable energy and investing profits back into the communities they serve. Community Choice Energy or Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), enabled by state law in 2002, allows local communities to establish a power agency governed by local elected officials that supplies electricity to residents and businesses. The private for-profit utilities still maintain the wires and handle the billing, while this public, not-for-profit agency decides the sources of electricity generation, sets customer rates, can develop energy generation facilities, and innovative programs to benefit their customers.

The first CCA started serving customers in Marin County in 2010, and the second in Sonoma County in 2014. Fourteen CCAs now operate across the state. Many more are in the pipeline, including in large populated areas like Alameda and Los Angeles counties and the City of San Jose.

CCAs offer customers a choice of an electric service provider focused on doing community good in what was formerly a regulated monopoly market. Where they have been implemented, they also provide slightly lower rates and cleaner power than the private utilities. In these markets, they are serving 80 to 95% of the customers. The Center for Climate Protection estimates that given current trends, CCAs will serve 65% of the eligible market by 2020, or about 18 million customers in every corner of this great state.

CCAs aren’t just providing cheaper, cleaner power, even though these are fantastic benefits. The more mature agencies are also offering innovative programs that help everyday Californians lower their utility bills and transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. For example, Sonoma Clean Power has subsidized the purchase of electric vehicles for their customers with incentives between $2,500 to $5,000 per vehicle. They have also given away hundreds of smart home charging systems for these vehicles. MCE Clean Energy (formerly Marin Clean Energy) has built a 10 megawatt solar system in Richmond, with over 50 percent of the labor for the project from local residents who were trained through a local career training program. These kinds of projects, tailored to the unique needs of the communities they serve, help to combat climate change and drive local economic development.

CCAs also leverage their relationships with their customers and other local agencies to develop distributed energy resources like solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and microgrids in a coordinated fashion, while bringing power generation closer to where it is used – at a person’s home or business. Doing this saves the cost of building new, expensive transmission lines, and is more efficient than transporting power over long distances. The local model is flexible and makes the power grid more resilient in times of outages or natural disasters.

There are some that say CCAs are too good to be true and are trying to limit competition by attempting to ban CCAs, despite millions of satisfied customers. Many California legislators and regulators are working hard to prove to the rest of the country that clean energy and a thriving green economy is no longer a theory, it’s reality here in the Golden State. To do so, legislators and regulators should ensure that the playing field for CCAs is level so these new players can continue to set the pace for the rest of California’s energy providers.

Senator Mike McGuire (D – North Coast) represents the 2nd Senate District, which encompasses the North Coast region, from Marin County to Del Norte County. Ann Hancock is the Executive Director of the Center for Climate Protection. She will speak about CCAs’ capacity to drive innovation at the Business of Local Energy Symposium in Sacramento on June 5. More information: www.climateprotection.org

 

 

Community Choice Energy at this Year’s SEEC Forum – June 20, 21

The Local Government Commission will host its 9th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative Forum on June 20 and 21. This year will mark the first year that a session focusing on the relationship between Community Choice Energy and energy efficiency will be featured.

The session, entitled “How Community Choice Agencies Can Advance Energy Efficiency Goals” will explore the challenges and opportunities for local governments advancing energy efficiency goals via Community Choice agencies (CCAs). CCAs can initiate self-funded demand side programs, and also have the statutory authority to receive public benefit funds in order to fund and administer efficiency programs. The session will highlight CCAs that have acted on this and explore the potential that all such agencies, prospective and operational, have in this regard.

I will be moderating the session and I am honored to have three excellent expert panelists to help explain and explore the topic. Joining me will be Kathy Wells, Energy Projects Coordinator, Lancaster Choice Energy, Alice Stover, Director of Customer Programs at MCE Clean Energy, and Rick Brown, President of TerraVerde Energy, an independent energy advisor representing school districts, public agencies, and commercial enterprises.

For more information about the SEEC Forum and registration information, click HERE.

Center for Climate Protection Launches National Renewable Energy Laboratory Project

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Woody Hastings

707-525-1665 ext. 117 woody@climateprotection.org

The Solar Energy Innovation Network project will work with Community Choice Energy
agencies to design an advanced rate structure for Distributed Energy Resources

Santa Rosa, CA — May 17, 2018 — The Center for Climate Protection (Center) today announced its team was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid.

The Advanced Rate Structure project, formally titled “Exploring Advanced Rate Structures to Expedite Solar + Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Deployment,” is part of the Grid Flexibility group of NREL’s Solar Energy Innovation Network program.

Joining the Center on the Advanced Rate Structure team are key partners TerraVerde Energy LLC; Chris Cone Consulting; Grid Policy, Inc.; California Solar and Storage Association; and two California Community Choice agencies (CCAs): Lancaster Choice Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy. TerraVerde Energy will lead technical development, and the CCAs will advise from the perspective of an operational electricity provider and help design a virtual pilot of the rate structure.

California energy policymakers have established Distributed Energy Resources (DER) deployment as a key strategy for reaching the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. To support this goal, electricity providers need tools to identify high avoided-cost grid locations, assess DER project grid‑service value, and incentivize DER deployment. The Advanced Rate Structure project will provide a replicable, scalable, and effective tool that will allow electricity providers to expedite and guide DER deployment.

The Center’s team is one of just nine teams selected to join the nationwide Solar Energy Innovation Network. “We selected teams that are experimenting with promising ideas to use solar power to improve the future of grid security and reliability in their communities,” said Kristen Ardani, who leads the Innovation Network at NREL.

The Advanced Rate Structure Team’s participation in the Solar Energy Innovation Network will include financial, analytical, and facilitation support as the team works to anticipate and address new challenges and opportunities stemming from solar energy and other distributed energy technologies in California. The solutions developed and demonstrated by the Advanced Rate Structure Team will serve as a blueprint for other communities facing similar challenges and opportunities.

Specifically, this project will deliver a tool that can produce rate structures to incentivize deployment of DERs including distributed solar photovoltaics, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand response technologies. The project will create a DER rate structure design tool that captures the value of DER projects; can be readily adopted, customized, and updated by electricity providers in response to load management imperatives, policy directives, technological advances, and customer demands; and enables informed and expedited deployment of DER resources.

“There is a reason why we just changed our name to the California Solar and Storage Association after focusing on solar for 40 years. Technologies like storage, electric vehicles, and automated demand response are making it imperative that we figure out how to optimize integrations of these technologies with solar. Designing a rate structure that helps foster these innovative deployments is essential,” said Brad Heavner, Policy Director, California Solar and Storage Association, formerly the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).

The Advanced Rate Structure project will deliver a tool that can produce rate structures to incentivize deployment of DERs in a technologically agnostic way; provide a transparent methodology for valuing benefits of DER installations that can also be adapted to technological advances and customized to conditions in electricity provider territories; and provide a consistent approach that enables electricity providers to focus their resources on grid-resilient DER development.

“Community Choice agencies in California can not only set their own rates but can also establish their own rate structures. We have more and more customers combining solar with storage, electric vehicles, and other energy technologies. We are looking for a win/win for both our load management and customer benefits,” said Jan Pepper, Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Clean Energy.

The Advanced Rate Structure Team is ready to hit the ground running on the project, which is expected to conclude in mid-2019. “We are very excited about this project and see it as an opportunity to truly push the envelope of advancing distributed energy resources. Our Community Choice partners are ideally suited to playing a key role because of their close relationship to their local community and their ability to be flexible and creative,” said Rick Brown, PhD, President of TerraVerde Energy.

NREL is operating the Solar Energy Innovation Network with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. NREL pursues fundamental research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to transform the way we use energy.

About Selectee Organizations

The project team includes the project lead Center for Climate Protection. The Center, a California 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001, works with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Chris Cone Consulting, consulting firm specializing in pay-for-performance solutions that drive scalable clean energy investment, deliver demand management and rate protection value, and foster innovation, accountability, and competition.

TerraVerde Energy LLC, an independent energy advisor representing school districts, public agencies, and commercial enterprises. We help clients reduce energy use and costs by planning, designing and implementing energy conservation measures, solar energy systems, and energy storage solutions.

Grid Policy, Inc., Led by Jon Wellinghoff, is dedicated to expanding the use of and investment in clean and sustainable DERs in a dynamic grid through reducing market barriers and opening market opportunities. Grid Policy works to remove regulatory, policy, market and institutional barriers to the implementation of cost-effective grid technologies and systems.

California Solar and Storage Association, formerly the California Solar Energy Industry Association, is a solar rooftop and storage trade association dedicated to building California’s solar and storage industries for over 40 years.

Lancaster Choice Energy is a Community Choice Agency providing electricity to the citizens and businesses in the City of Lancaster, California, since 2015.

Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Agency providing residents and businesses in San Mateo County with clean, renewable energy from resources like solar and wind, since 2016.

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Distributed Energy Resource Projects in the Works

The Center for Climate Protection, along with a variety of partners, pushing the local clean energy envelope

The Center is a partner in three grant-funded projects that are underway aimed at exploring how Community Choice agencies (CCAs) can play a leading role in advancing the decentralized clean energy economy of the future.

The most recent news is the award in early April of a grant from the Adobe Foundation. In order to help local Community Choice agencies (CCAs) attain maximum environmental and economic benefits in their communities, this new Center project will develop information and support materials intended to help operational CCAs in the Bay Area move into an advanced phase by rapidly deploying distributed energy resources (DERs), and help emerging CCAs to prepare to do the same. DERs are any number of clean energy generation resources, energy storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, fuel-switched appliances, and demand response technologies connected to the distribution system. DERs are broadly viewed as a key to unlocking the potential of these technologies, in optimized integrations, to reduce greenhouse gases while providing other community and system-wide grid benefits. The project’s services will include offering a database of resources and best practices, workshops, webinars and coaching to support advancement of DER among Bay Area Community Choice agencies.

Earlier this year the Center was selected by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid. The Advanced Rate Structure project, formally titled “Exploring Advanced Rate Structures to Expedite Solar + Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Deployment,” is part of the Grid Flexibility group of NREL’s Solar Energy Innovation Network program. Joining the Center on the Advanced Rate Structure team are key partners TerraVerde Energy LLC; Chris Cone Consulting; Grid Policy, Inc.; California Solar and Storage Association; and two California CCAs: Lancaster Choice Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy. TerraVerde Energy leads technical development, and the CCAs advise from the perspective of an operational electricity provider and help design a virtual pilot of the rate structure. This project will deliver a tool that can produce rate structures to incentivize deployment of DERs and will create a DER rate structure design tool that captures the value of DER projects; can be readily adopted, customized, and updated by electricity providers in response to load management imperatives, policy directives, technological advances, and customer demands; and enables informed and expedited deployment of DER resources. For more detail see the news release.

Lastly, as of the most recently filed monthly progress report in early May, things are on track in the California Energy Commission-funded MCE Building Efficiency Optimization Project, first reported on in the Center’s e-news in April 2017. The aim of this project is to empower MCE to achieve broad deployment of carbon free DER, energy efficiency, local renewable energy integration, and to identify other low cost solutions supporting the goal of delivering 100% carbon free electricity for its community by 2025. Three facilities, including the Buck Institute pictured in the heading of this blog, have been chosen where multiple integrated energy technologies will be deployed. By promoting best practices and lessons learned from the project through the California Community Choice Association, MCE seeks to rapidly scale building efficiency via DER procurement as a cost-effective means of meeting Community Choice Energy climate action targets across the State.

Stay tuned to CPX for future updates on these groundbreaking projects.

Legislative Action Alert: Please Contact Your State Representatives ASAP

Legislation making its way through the process (SB 1088, Dodd) is intended to address wildfire safety relative to the electric grid system. However, it contains elements that do not improve safety and seriously impede the ability of Community Choice agencies and others to implement Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). Find your state rep HERE and send them a brief letter. And whatever you send to your representative, send it to the bill author, Senator Bill Dodd as well: Senator.dodd@senate.ca.gov

Here is what to say:

Dear [representative]:

SB 1088 is overall a good, well-intentioned bill that will help with respect to our electrical grid and future wildfire episodes. However, the bill contains elements that do not improve safety and seriously impede the ability of Community Choice agencies and others to implement distributed energy resources such as community solar power, community battery storage and microgrids.

Therefore, I urge you to make the following amendments:

  • Remove all of 2899.3  This section effectively prohibits most distributed energy resource (DER) projects occurring today. Such projects include community solar power, community battery storage and microgrids. Liability for DERs is already assigned in the DER contracts that providers have with investor-owned utilities today. There is no unassigned liability. However, to extend potentially unlimited system liability to small-scale local DER projects would serve to end the innovation in that sector and not recognize the investor-owned utility’s existing engineering limitations that serve to protect the system from local DER impacts.
  • Modify Section 2899.2(b)(14) to read “Any other element pertaining to electric and gas safety, reliability, or resiliency deemed appropriate by the commission with the option for community choice aggregators to self-provide resources required for reliability as determined by the Commission, consistent with the community choice aggregator’s obligation to comply with resource adequacy requirements pursuant to Public Utilities Code Section 380.”  This addition is critical because CCAs are investing in reliability resources today, so CCA customers would be paying twice for reliability services without this amendment. The addition will ensure that double-procurement of reliability resources does not occur in territories served by CCAs.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

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Please refer any questions to woody [at] climateprotection.org

Agriculture and Community Choice Energy – My Spring Internship Results

I had the opportunity to have an internship with Center for Climate Protection working in the Renewable Energy Program. A big part of the Program’s work involves advocating for Community Choice Energy in the Central Valley. The Central Valley uses a huge amount of energy and has great potential to increase its use of renewable resources, which are abundant in the Central Valley. The largest industry in the Central Valley is agriculture, which means that to get any local government to adopt Community Choice means getting agricultural interests in the area on board. By spreading the knowledge of Community Choice, we are hoping to be able to get farmers and other Ag sector businesses on board which in turn will hopefully get the regional elected officials on board.

My work included assessing best practices for water and energy conservation in the Central Valley associated mainly with agricultural operations. I started by working on a database with names and contact information of farmers in the Central Valley, mostly focusing on Fresno County. By doing so, there were many other ag-related companies and organizations which I kept running into. I decided to add them to the database because they are an integral part of the agriculture industry in California. Thus, I created different sheets for growers, marketing programs, organizations, events, and funding opportunities all having to do with the agriculture industry. As the project progressed and my understanding of the agricultural industry grew, I made sheets for best practices and a picture of what the most prevalent energy best-practices are in California agriculture.

The next step was to look into growers in areas where Community Choice Agencies (CCAs) operate to be able to have input on how a Community Choice is different from Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs). I created another database of growers mainly in Sonoma County and Mendocino County, focusing on wine growers, orchards, crops, and livestock due to the fact that they are the most common agriculture operations in Northern California.

Finally, we developed survey questions to ask the growers in Northern California areas to assess the impact Community Choice has had on their operations. Questions included things like whether or not they receive service from their CCA or IOU, how they are liking the energy services they receive, whether or not they have been able to improve operations or complete and energy project more easily, and whether they have benefited by having a choice. I have taken the information we find useful, I created a survey to be emailed out to the list of growers in Northern California. The results will serve as a basis for a brief paper on the topic of the relationship between Community Choice and agriculture.

In the end, I hope the project I have had the opportunity to work on can help spread the knowledge and benefits of CCAs and how they can help advance energy efficiency and renewables in agriculture operations. California has enacted laws that set the state on a course to reduce the amount of non-renewable resources we use. One of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions is the agriculture industry, so we need to be able to do a good job of conserving water and energy in that sector.

Central Valley to be Highlighted at June 5th Symposium – Scholarships Available

Sacramento event to draw energy experts from around the State

The Central Valley will be one of the highlighted topics of conversation as leaders from across the state gather on June 5th for the fourth annual Business of Local Energy Symposium. It’s all about how California communities can benefit from energy resource localization by accelerating Community Choice Energy. Last May, more than 375 leaders from around the state convened in Long Beach to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy. Last year’s Symposium provided a robust forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to hear from elected leaders, regulatory agency leaders and Community Choice implementors about the policy and economic landscape shaping emerging Community Choice risks and opportunities.

In the Central Valley, the City of Hanford is leading the way in evaluating Community Choice Energy. Their technical study is in the works and results should be available soon. More information about Community Choice Energy in the Central Valley, including public opinion surveys on energy issues and economic studies, is available at the Clean Power Exchange’s Central Valley Page.

This year’s agenda at the Symposium will feature a panel focusing on the Central Valley. The panel, entitled “Perspectives on Community Choice in the Central Valley” will feature long-time public policy experts who live and work in the Central Valley who will offer their perspectives on the challenges, and discuss how Community Choice might benefit Central Valley communities. California’s Central Valley has a wealth of diverse energy resources, human resources, and the available land, rooftops, parking lots, and other suitable sites needed to develop these resources. Local control of energy dollars may offer the best solution to boost the local economy, increase employment, and achieve environmental goals, while offering competitive rates.

A limited number of scholarships are open to local and regional government staff, elected officials and non-profit organization representatives working to advance Community Choice Energy in their communities. Priority will be given to jurisdictions that are exploring or have emerging agencies and individuals working in rural, hard-to-reach, and/or disadvantaged communities. Since we have limited funding available, scholarships are limited to one recipient per organization/jurisdiction. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with need and background taken into consideration. Click HERE to apply.

The Symposium is organized by the Center for Climate Protection in coordination with our partners, Local Government Commission and Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition.