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Electric-car evangelists seek converts in Marin

San Rafael resident Dale Miller says that for the sake of the environment, it’s time to switch to an electric vehicle. “Our goal is to dispel the myths and to promote electric vehicles,” said Miller, president of the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association. “They are fun to drive, cost less to drive, are very low […]

East Bay Community Energy launches $160k Community Innovation Grant Program to award up to $40,000 for energy-related projects

Oakland, CA (April 18, 2019) – East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is Alameda County’s local community choice energy program and currently provides electricity services to over half a million customers across the county. EBCE is launching a new grant initiative and invites community-based non-profit organizations to apply for its Community Innovation Grant. The grant program is […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Saves Customers $18 Million, Earns National Recognition for San Mateo County and Cities

REDWOOD CITY, CA ­­­– April 16, 2019 – Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) released a new estimate that it saved San Mateo County customers $18 million on their electricity bills in 2018, while also earning San Mateo County and its 20 cities national recognition for commitment to renewable energy. “Our county and cities voted unanimously three years […]

Renewable Properties Breaks Ground on American Canyon Solar Project

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Renewable Properties, an investor and developer of small-scale utility and commercial solar energy projects throughout the U.S., begins construction on the American Canyon Solar Project in Napa County after months of development, planning and preparation. Renewable Properties developed the small-scale utility solar project that will supply Marin Clean Energy (MCE), California’s first Community Choice Aggregation […]

Geof Syphers outlines CalCCA concerns with central procurement in hearing of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy

Geof Syphers, CEO of Sonoma Clean Power, testified before the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy on April 10 to provide input on a significant new legislative proposal that seeks to respond to market uncertainty surrounding the PG&E bankruptcy by creating a statewide entity to procure electricity on behalf of all load-serving entities, including community choice […]

Juggling Renewables

As California pushes to reduce emissions by 40% in the next twelve years, we are increasingly betting on clean electricity. We are electrifying vehicles, electrifying buildings, electrifying industrial processes. Okay, we’re not electrifying cows (unless you count lab-grown meat!), but you get the idea. And we are doing all this while disrupting the electricity sector […]

When PG&E filed for bankruptcy, Shalini Swaroop kept fighting for energy justice

Shalini Swaroop is general counsel for Marin Clean Energy, the first of a new breed of electricity providers in California known as community choice aggregators, or CCAs. When Marin Clean Energy launched in 2010, it gave San Francisco Bay Area residents a government-run alternative to Pacific Gas & Electric, the monopoly utility that recently filed for […]

First Individually Owned Community Solar Project Opens In Oakland

Oakland’s People Power Solar Cooperative has completed its first solar project in Oakland, piloting a new model for community-owned energy in California. The residential-sized 7 kilowatt project is financed entirely by investments up to $1,000 each from more than 50 local community members and leaders among the cooperative’s members, the group says. The project is the […]

Fremont, California, Fire Station Is First In US With Solar Microgrid

Planners in Fremont, CA, appear to be the first to complete a solar microgrid system with battery backup for a fire station in the United States, seeking to be more hardened against wildfire, utility blackouts, hurricanes, or other threatening events. The Fremont project got an early start in 2015, in cooperation with a California Energy Commission’s energy […]

Sonoma Clean Power: Placing ‘climate crisis’ front and center

To keep pace with our changing times, the Sonoma Clean Power Board of Directors voted unanimously to update its Mission Statement. Sounding every bit the bi-product of a committee of elected officials, the old Mission Statement made good sense back in the naïve days when SCP was still an organizational toddler: Your public electricity provider […]