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Popular CA Republican Mayor Praises Community Choice Energy

A staunch supporter of Community Choice Energy gave the keynote address at a March 10th forum organized by the Climate Action Campaign. Since clean, renewable energy is one of the main benefits of Community Choice Energy (CCE), you might think the speaker would be a long haired hippy prone to singing kumbaya. Not at all, […]

California to Reconsider Retail Choice

More than two decades after initiating a deregulation drive that faltered in the wake of the Western Energy Crisis of 2000/01, California officials are taking another look at offering consumers the ability to choose their electric supplier. This go-round should be different, according to the state agencies heading up a new exploration of “the changing […]

SDG&E’s Affiliate Approved To Lobby On Community Choice Amid Ongoing Investigation

There has been a few months of uncertainty over whether an independent marketing district formed by SDG&E and its parent company Sempra Energy can lobby against the alternative energy program called community choice aggregation. The matter seems to be resolved after the California Public Utilities Commission, or CPUC, approved plans for the marketing district called […]

King City May Consider Its Own Energy Program

The King City Council has decided to look outside of Monterey Bay Community Power and consider the feasibility of establishing an independent community choice energy program. The Community Choice Energy (CCE) or Aggregation (CCA) becomes the electric power provider and PG&E continues to transmit and bill the power. Customers can opt out of the program […]

Battery Storage Facility Proposed for Santa Paula

Santa Paula could soon be on the frontline of an emerging trend in energy storage: putting power into large batteries to use in an emergency or when electricity supplies run low. Folsom-based ZGlobal Power Engineering and Energy Solutions has applied to the city of Santa Paula for a permit to build a battery storage facility at […]

Sun Raining Jobs on Oakland, Richmond

The sun has been creating more jobs than before: Solar jobs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties increased in 2016, according to The Solar Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that advances solar energy use. According to a report that the foundation released in March, the number of solar jobs in Contra Costa County rose to […]

Op-Ed: Community Choice Energy Key Player in Local Climate Change Policy

Deep in the flood of disturbing reports, policy changes and sardonic commentary flowing from Washington D.C., the Trump administration has been recklessly undoing the environmental policy work of the Obama administration. Trump’s commitment to “stopping the war on coal,” for one, reversed the Obama-era moratorium on the federal coal program that provided new coal leases. […]

Community Speaks up for Community Choice at California Public Utilities Commission Meeting on April 6 in Santa Rosa

Half of the thirty-two people who spoke at the April 6 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission spoke in support of Community Choice Energy and/or Sonoma Clean Power. A strong showing of support for Community Choice. Ann Hancock noted the auspicious nature of the location, Santa Rosa City Council Chambers, as being the location […]

California Solar Spike Leads to Negative CAISO Real-Time Prices in March

Dive Brief: Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last year, leading to negative prices at times when output is highest but demand is not. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total solar capacity in California (including both distributed and utility-scale systems) grew from less than 1 GW in 2007 […]

Torrance City Council Votes to Review South Bay Clean Power Business Plan

April 4th the Torrance City Council Council voted 6-1 to approve their City Manager’s recommendations that they: 1) Receive and file the South Bay Clean Power (SBCP) Working Group’s draft Joint Powers Authority Agreement, Business Plan, and presentation; and 2) Receive and file the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Working Group’s final Joint Powers Authority Agreement and […]