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City to explore JPA focused on providing clean energy

The City of Martinez is exploring joining a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to become the default energy provider to their community. The article does not explicitly state that it will be Contra Costa County’s JPA, but it seems like they would be the likely agency. “The city approved early plans on Wednesday to explore joining a new […]

Central San Joaquin Valley Farmers, Packers Bet Big on Solar to Cut Power Costs

Farmers are seeing the benefits of solar both through cost reduction and as a way to fortify their infrastructure to protect against outages. “Solar and agriculture experts say solar is one of the few ways farmers can control rising business costs. Many growers have little to no flexibility in cutting expenses like feed, labor and […]

NPR Host Leads Forum on Climate Change and Inequality

“On March 9, 2016, Maria Hinojosa, host of the cutting edge NPR show Latino USA, came from New York to Sacramento to moderate a panel on Inequality and Climate Change before a live audience.” “The lack of sufficient programs so that low-income residents have access to solar panels for their roofs or neighborhoods and electric […]

What’s New with Community Choice Energy in San Jose?

By Ruth Merino, Chair of San Jose Community Energy Community Choice Energy in San Jose is moving forward with approval for exploring the program from the City Council. This past year, San Jose Community Energy, a group of San Jose residents, worked closely with the Center for Climate Protection to advocate for a Community Choice Energy (CCE) […]

Community Choice Aggregation 

One of the most prominent benefits of CCAs is that it offers communities with local control over energy decisions; choosing who provides their communities energy and what will be used to provide it. CCA offers energy independence, price stability and more efficient Energy Efficiency programs.

2016 On-Site Energy Conference on April 8, 2016

The Clean Energy Cluster along with its sponsors will host the 2016 On-Site Energy Conference on April 8, 2016 Join Clean Power Exchange’s Woody Hastings for a breakout session during the event. Details coming soon!   Breakout sessions Co-generation Energy Storage Solar Food Waste to Energy Featured speakers Paul Hughes, The Wonderful Company Mark McAffee, […]

City of SLO to look into buying power from renewable sources

“San Luis Obispo leaders this week indicated interest in exploring a program that allows communities to purchase alternative power supplies for their customers rather than the local utility’s mix of energy sources.” City of SLO to look into buying power from renewable sources, By Cynthia Lambert, The Tribune, April 1, 2015.

Who should decide San Diego’s energy future?

“For more than a century, investor-owned utilities have chosen how much electricity to tap from one source or another — coal, natural gas, uranium, hydro power, wind, solar and so on. But during the past decade, a handful of municipalities have wrenched away the decision-making by forming nonprofit entities that direct those utilities on how […]

Edison Plans $11 Million Santa Barbara Power Infrastructure Overhaul

“Southern California Edison plans to replace transformers, switches and cables all over downtown Santa Barbara as part of an $11 million project to reduce the number of power failures throughout the city.” “Santa Barbara Councilman Gregg Hart urged Edison to make sure that any infrastructure changes include planning for the future, and the potential for Community Energy Choice, which would […]

Editorial: Valley Communities Take Note, Davis Charts Its Own Energy Path

The City of Davis and Yolo County have both voted to take steps towards creating a Community Choice Aggregation program. This program would give residents the choice of cleaner energy sources at lower prices, beginning in less than two years. “The goal is lofty: to provide more renewable energy, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and give […]