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Local Green Energy Authority Quietly Launches in Alameda County

The Oakland City Council voted last Tuesday to become part of a regional green energy authority, joining twelve other cities in Alameda County. Together the cities represent 90 percent of the county’s total electrical load. “Without sounding trite, the future is bright for the power authority,” said Victor Uno of the International Brotherhood of Electrical […]

Community Choice Aggregation – San Diego County

County of San Diego Board of Supervisors are expected to vote in January on whether to conduct a feasibility study on regards to following the recent decision by cities in Northern California, to implement ‘community choice aggregation’. Nicole Capretz, the director of the nonprofit Climate Action Campaign, is lobbying cities to move forward on community […]

Community Choice Energy Creates Buzz

In California, state law allows local governments to set up their own not-for-profit electricity providers to give customers choice in who provides their electricity. Legislators called the concept ‘Community Choice Aggregation,’ but it’s popularly known as Community Choice Energy (CCE). The draw is that it enables local control over rates and more clean energy in […]

‘Clean Energy’ Now Powers Napa County

An estimated 92 percent of Napa County homes and businesses are now using a majority of “clean energy” to power their homes, offices and wineries. Napa County selected Marin Clean Energy as its default supplier in 2014 for those living and working outside its five cities. In September MCE became the default provider for local […]

King City Moves Forward with Monterey Bay Community Power

The City Council of King voted 4-1 to adopt a resolution of intent to participate in drafting a Joint Powers Authority agreement with Monterey Bay Community Power for cleaner energy solutions. “For the past couple of years the city has been participating in a joint study funded by a grant with other jurisdictions in Monterey, […]

Livermore Council Votes to Take Part in Energy Program

The Livermore City Council voted to participate in the Alameda County Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) energy program. CCA enables local jurisdictions to procure electricity on behalf of customers within its borders. Goals of the program are to promote renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide energy at a lower rate. PG&E will continue to […]

North County Cities Exploring Program to Sidestep SDG&E to Buy Energy

Solana Beach’s vote this month to begin negotiations to set up Community Choice Aggregation is one of several steps North County cities are making toward the alternative energy program. The Solana Beach City Council voted 4-1 to have the city manager work with two energy consulting companies. If they reach an agreement on providing Community Choice Aggregation services to […]

AES Proposing to Build Largest Battery Facility in the World in Long Beach

Power company AES Corp. may soon win approval for a 300-megawatt battery facility that would be capable of storing more electrical power than any such facility previously constructed. “It is the largest that we know of in the world,” AES Southland President Jennifer Didlo said. AES and its affiliates are simultaneously pursuing three major projects for the […]

Casa Grande High school parking lot with solar panels.

The bright future of Community-Scale Solar

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) recently released a report that predicts that mid-sized solar systems (called “Community-Scale Solar”) may become the fastest growing part of the market in the next few years.  The report finds that these systems may add as much as 30 gigawatts of capacity across the country in the next three years. […]

Linkedin Opens Building Company Says Is ‘Net Zero Energy’

LinkedIn has unveiled what the company says is its first “net zero energy” building at its Sunnyvale campus. The social networking company held a grand opening Nov. 16 to showcase the building at 880 W. Maude Ave. Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks his fellow council members and city staffers were on hand for the tour. The 40,000-square-foot building generates […]