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Irvine will pursue ‘community choice’ program to buy its own electric power

Flipping on the lights or running the dishwasher could get a little cheaper and a lot greener in Irvine, under a “community choice” energy program city leaders plan to implement. Irvine would still depend on and pay Southern California Edison for the use of its electric transmission system – the poles, wires and substations – […]

SLO and Morro Bay now receive cleaner energy, and it’s cheaper, officials say

A new way of receiving cleaner power, called community choice energy, has arrived in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, and it will significantly reduce carbon emissions while saving customers money, officials say. Monterey Bay Community Power, a nonprofit electricity provider serving Central Coast counties, began providing service to the two SLO County cities on Jan. 1. […]

Carlsbad-Solana Beach-Del Mar community choice energy program set to launch in 2021

While an expansive community choice energy program spearheaded by the city of San Diego has drawn attention across the region in recent months, a smaller entity that includes a member with real-time experience in the sector voted Thursday to obtain official certification from state regulators. “This has everything to do with making sure that we […]

CPX Regulatory Update for January 9, 2020

Below is a numbered list of the regulatory proceedings we are tracking, followed by a brief summary of background information, new or recent developments, and Climate Center filings, if any, for each of the proceedings. Note that these are intended as very brief highlights of selected key actions and activities. For details on any of […]

CPX Legislative Update – January 9, 2020

Welcome to the 2020 legislative session! The Legislature reconvened on Monday, January 6. And away we go! See Utility Dive’s January 8 article predicting a “Wild West” of bills targeting PG&E as a result of their many troubles. Below are some key bills we are tracking. So far it is mostly bills that were held […]

Accelerating Rule Changes for Electricity System Resilience

CPUC adopts some good suggestions to engage local government in energy planning Pursuant to 2018’s Senate Bill 1339 (Stern), which is all about accelerating microgrid development in California, The Climate Center became a Party to the proceeding and filed comments, along with others such as Vote Solar, in part calling for more collaboration with local […]

Microgrids could cost 10% of undergrounding PG&E’s wires

One proposed solution to reducing wildfire risk is for PG&E to put its grid underground. There are a number of problems with undergrounding including increased maintenance costs, seismic and flooding risks, and problems with excessive heat (including exploding underground vaults). But ignoring those issues, the costs could be exorbitant-greater than anyone has really considered. An […]

Sonoma Clean Power officials will explore public ownership of PG&E utility lines

Sonoma Clean Power, a public agency that supplies renewable energy to Sonoma and Mendocino counties, will begin exploring the impact of a public takeover of PG&E’s electrical grid as the bankrupt utility faces growing questions about the safety and solvency of its operations. In a unanimous vote, Sonoma Clean Power’s board of directors instructed staff […]

Community Choice Providing a Sustainable Energy Future

In 2015 United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals were created and implemented for countries to make mass impact on the global scale by 2030. The goals range from sustainable communities to peace and justice. One particular goal that California has narrowed its focus on is “Affordable and Clean Energy.” Though the […]

CPX Regulatory Update – December 12, 2019

Below is a numbered list of the regulatory proceedings we are tracking, followed by a summary of new developments for each of the proceedings, if any. Note that these are intended as very brief highlights of selected key actions and activities. For details on any of these proceedings, we suggest logging in to the relevant […]