The Central Valley, famous as the agricultural hub of the California, is a prime region for clean energy and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA, also known as Community Choice Energy) programs.
The 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 energy resources. Local control of energy dollars enabled by Community Choice may offer the best solution to boost the local economy, increase employment, and achieve environmental goals, while potentially lowering electricity generation rates.
Unfortunately, the Valley is also known as a region with some of the worst air quality in the U.S. Accelerating renewable energy deployment will help address this over the long term, while operational Community Choice agencies are demonstrating though support of electric vehicles and charging stations, air quality can be improved in the near term via Community Choice as well.
On this page you will find information relating to our work and outreach in the region, as well as information relating to the cities and counties that make up the San Joaquin Valley. We welcome your thoughts & suggestions.
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Community Choice Energy – Central Valley Focus
October 17, 2018. This webinar focused on challenges and opportunities of establishing Community Choice in California’s Central Valley. Click HERE for the recording and associated materials for this webinar.
Economic Impact of Community Choice Energy Purchasing of Renewable Energy: San Joaquin Valley Case Study
June 29, 2017. This webinar presented the findings of an independent analysis of the economic impacts that can be expected over a six-year period when a CCA is established and increasing increments of renewable energy are procured for customers. Click HERE for the recording and associated materials.
Recordings, PowerPoint slides, and related materials for all webinars are available on our dedicated CPX Webinars Page. If you have questions about CPX webinars, and/or to suggest a webinar topic, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the list of current Friends of Community Choice – Central Valley, see the link to the right.
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Central Valley Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Central Valley Fact Sheet
CPX Report: “Community Choice Energy: What Is the Economic Impact of Local Renewable Power Purchasing? A San Joaquin Valley Case Study”
This paper, prepared for the Center for Climate Protection by Ben Foster, Fosterra Clean Energy Consulting, examines the economic benefit potential afforded by Community Choice.
Community Choice could serve nearly 2 million people in San Joaquin, Fresno, and Tulare Counties
If just 10% of energy procured by a CCA came from new, local solar sources, over 845MW of new projects would be developed in 5 years
This level of deployment would create over 8,000 jobs and drive nearly $850M in new economic activity. It could also result in shutting down fossil energy generation, the holy grail for this area with some of the worst air quality in the nation.
In August 2016 Clean Power Exchange, a program of the Center for Climate Protection, released new survey results about local and renewable energy preferences in the San Joaquin Valley. According to the survey, electric utility ratepayers in the San Joaquin Valley – from San Joaquin County to Tulare County – are interested in alternatives to the current energy system.
Mapping Lands to Avoid Conflict for Solar Power in the San Joaquin Valley
California’s policy to achieve 100 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045 will entail a significant deployment of large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. But in places like the San Joaquin Valley, proposed installations have engendered conflicts with agricultural and conservation groups, who fear a resulting loss of valuable lands and the species and farming and ranching that depend on them.
To address the challenge, Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) partnered with Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) and Terrell Watt Associates to develop a new process to find “least-conflict” lands in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley region. The project team convened leaders from the agricultural, conservation, and solar PV development communities, and included tribes and key agencies. We asked the groups one question: from your perspective, where are the least-conflict lands for solar PV development in the Valley?