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It is our aim to present information and points of view that are important to clean energy and Community Choice stakeholders throughout California. The Clean Power Exchange and Center for Climate Protection are not responsible for the factual accuracy in reposted articles and viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of the Clean Power Exchange or Center for Climate Protection.

Explaining what MCE is all about

The recent public interest and controversy about a proposed solar field has reminded us that we as a community must come together to make choices that are good for the environment, good for our quality of life and good for our economy. First though, we want to make sure we are all using the same […]

Community Choice Energy decision awaits state commission findings

On Sept. 7, San Diego-based Climate Action Campaign held a forum on Community Choice Energy (CCE) at the University of California San Diego. This model, which was approved by the state in 2002, could ultimately provide ratepayers with the option to choose where their power comes from. CCE has been championed by the CAC and […]

Will the CPUC let no good deed go unpunished?

Community Choice Agencies lead on state clean energy goals, but may be penalized by CPUC on 9/27 By Robert Freehling On September 27, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is expected to decide on several elements for the longstanding Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) exit fee issue. Before them is a Proposed Decision (PD), and […]

120 State Legislators send open letter to CPUC on PCIA

On September 12, the California Community Choice Association published a two-page open letter in the San Francisco Chronicle from 120 California local government elected leaders calling on the CPUC to come up with a fair resolution to the longstanding PCIA “exit fee” issue. The meeting date is September 27 and you can find out how […]

City Moves Forward with Bold Climate Action: City Council sets a target of carbon neutrality by 2035 and gives go-ahead on Community Choice Energy program

On Tuesday, September 18, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted 5-0 to continue developing a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program and directed staff to develop a climate action plan with a target of carbon neutrality by 2035. Since 2005, the City has reduced emissions by ten percent, with a goal of reducing by a […]

My week at the Global Climate Action Summit

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice My global climate action week began on Saturday, September 8 when I joined and estimated 40,000 of my closest friends for the Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice march in San Francisco. The demonstration was joined by people on seven continents, in 95 countries, participating in more than 900 actions […]

Addendum to Community Solar Pilot Program NOFA

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) has issued an Addendum to the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Community Solar Pilot Program (2018 – NOFA – 62). The Addendum was issued in response to questions and comments received during the NOFA’s questions and answer period. The updated NOFA, Addendum Table, related […]

California customer choice at a crossroads: Regulators to weigh 3 key issues next week

California regulators are poised to decide soon between two proposals on how to calculate the exit fee charged to customers moving away from California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to new electricity providers. The result could determine the near-term viability of California’s budding customer choice movement. Regulators face three big questions on how to calculate the Power Charge Indifference […]

Solar energy array proposed at Silveira Ranch property

A Novato-area ranch may become home to a small-scale solar energy farm that would generate enough energy to power roughly 1,000 homes, according to the project applicant. The San Francisco-based Renewable Properties’ proposal is in early planning stages, according to company President Aaron Halimi. Halimi said this will be their first solar project in the […]

Solar With Batteries Cheaper Than Gas in Parts of U.S. Southwest

Natural gas-fired power plants will be facing more price competition from solar farms in some parts of the U.S. as falling battery costs make it possible to deliver electricity produced from sunshine even after dark. Solar projects that incorporate storage are becoming cheaper to build per megawatt-hour in parts of the U.S. Southwest than new […]