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Energy committees considering three bills that could hinder CCA communications with their boards, add costs for ratepayers, and undermine local decision-making

CalCCA representatives and our partners will be expressing concern today in policy committee hearings with three bills that could hamper the growth of local community choice programs. Taken together, these three bills could negatively impact the ability of community choice aggregators (CCAs) to communicate with their governing boards (AB 1362, O’Donnell), increase procurement costs with […]

Electric-car evangelists seek converts in Marin

San Rafael resident Dale Miller says that for the sake of the environment, it’s time to switch to an electric vehicle. “Our goal is to dispel the myths and to promote electric vehicles,” said Miller, president of the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association. “They are fun to drive, cost less to drive, are very low […]

Del Mar takes next step toward Community Choice Energy

DEL MAR — Amidst a growing regional dialogue on Community Choice Energy (CCE), the smallest city in the county is making its voice heard. At an April 15 Del Mar City Council meeting, council members voted 5-0 to take the next step in establishing a CCE in North County. The council expressed its intention to […]

Hanford takes steps in Community Choice Aggregation plan

HANFORD — The Hanford City Council had a full agenda for its meeting Tuesday night, which included discussions on Community Choice Aggregation and a new playground at Lacey Park. Community Choice Aggregation In December 2018, Council adopted an ordinance that established a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program and approved an implementation plan and statement of […]

East Bay Community Energy launches $160k Community Innovation Grant Program to award up to $40,000 for energy-related projects

Oakland, CA (April 18, 2019) – East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is Alameda County’s local community choice energy program and currently provides electricity services to over half a million customers across the county. EBCE is launching a new grant initiative and invites community-based non-profit organizations to apply for its Community Innovation Grant. The grant program is […]

Cows, almonds and asthma: San Joaquin Valley’s agriculture and air issues

Excerpted from “CHOKED: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution,” (University of Chicago Press, 2019) by Beth Gardiner. Highway 99 cuts down the middle of the San Joaquin Valley, hot and dusty. The trucks that ceaselessly crowd this road hurtle by, or ride close on my tail, as I drive a behemoth of […]

Renewed PG&E Safety Investigation Initiated in first of two CPUC forums

On Monday April 15 the first of at least two public forums was held to “explore whether changes to [PG&E’s] corporate governance, management, structure, and ownership are needed to ensure the safe provision of electric and gas service to Northern Californians.” This is juxtaposed against the statement in the governor’s Strike Force report “Wildfires and […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Saves Customers $18 Million, Earns National Recognition for San Mateo County and Cities

REDWOOD CITY, CA ­­­– April 16, 2019 – Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) released a new estimate that it saved San Mateo County customers $18 million on their electricity bills in 2018, while also earning San Mateo County and its 20 cities national recognition for commitment to renewable energy. “Our county and cities voted unanimously three years […]

Renewable Properties Breaks Ground on American Canyon Solar Project

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Renewable Properties, an investor and developer of small-scale utility and commercial solar energy projects throughout the U.S., begins construction on the American Canyon Solar Project in Napa County after months of development, planning and preparation. Renewable Properties developed the small-scale utility solar project that will supply Marin Clean Energy (MCE), California’s first Community Choice Aggregation […]

Renewable procurement gaps pose risk for California’s climate goals, but what solution is best?

Gaps in resource procurement by California’s proliferating load serving entities (LSEs) could prevent the state from achieving its nation-leading renewable energy and climate goals. The state’s massive renewable resource portfolio has gaps in it that threaten the reliable delivery of electricity, according to a March 18 proposed decision in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) integrated […]