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Mayor, Others Introduce New Environmental Initiative

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, other city officials and community environmental advocates presented an initiative this morning designed to meet international goals laid out by the Paris climate agreement as well as local goals of sustainable water supply. In 2017, many cities and counties all across California voiced their protest to President Donald Trump’s announcement […]

SV Clean Energy repays $2.7M loan to cities

The cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill were among 11 Santa Clara County cities, which, along with the county government, last month were repaid in full the startup loans from Silicon Valley Clean Energy, the public non-profit “community choice” energy agency that now provides most electricity to most county residents. As part of an agreement […]

SFPUC Gearing Up to Bring Cleaner Energy to 100,000+ SF Customers this Summer

San Francisco, CA—The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is gearing up to provide cleaner energy to more than 100,000 San Francisco residents and businesses this summer. It’s all part of the next large-scale customer enrollment for the City’s popular Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program called CleanPowerSF. SFPUC Commissioners voted today to give the City utility the […]

Lamorinda mayors balk at proposed CPUC resolution

Mayors Dave Trotter of Moraga and Don Tatzin of Lafayette have urged the California Public Utilities Commission to vote against implementing a registration process for new community choice aggregators, arguing that the registration process is an improper de facto freeze on CCA implementation.  “It is inappropriate for CPUC staff to now attempt to forcibly implement […]

Richmond hosts largest publicly owned solar project in SF Bay Area

The more than 103,000 residents of Richmond, California, will soon be able to take pride in hosting what the companies involved are saying is the largest publicly owned solar project in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 60-acre, 10 MW MCE Solar One plant is the result of a partnership between the city and four […]

A Radical Clean Energy Pioneer

When Local Clean Energy Alliance coordinator Al Weinrub says power to the people, he means power, not just electricity. For the last decade, Weinrub, a dyed-in-the-wool anti-imperialist from the ’60s, has played an important role as a community advocate in pushing Alameda County to create a new public agency that will next year replace PG&E […]

Earthquakes, fires and isolation point to need for microgrids

POINT REYES –The earthquake that struck the Bay Area on Jan. 4 served as a reminder that we who live in California do so with risk. While the 4.4-magnitude earthquake centered near Berkeley did little damage—other than wake folks like yours truly up from a deep slumber—it could perhaps foreshadow a much larger and more […]

Sonoma Clean Power, MCE expand with wind, biogas

 Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) and MCE (Marin Clean Energy) greatly expanded their capacity to provide clean energy to a growing customer base in 2017. SCP, like MCE, is a clean-energy supplier with an agreement with PG&E to purchase electricity from sources like solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower from alternative sources, and feed it through PG&E’s […]

Environmental Victory in California: Marin County Chooses 100% Renewable Energy

This fall, Marin became the first county in the state to have 100% renewable electricity for all of its county, town, and city municipal accounts. Together, all 12 municipalities have eliminated an estimated 3,570 metric tons of pollution, or the EPA equivalent of removing 764 cars from the road in one year. Belvedere was the […]

Bay Area Rapid Transit Commits to a Future Powered by Wind & Solar

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the public transportation system of the San Francisco Bay Area, is moving forward on plans to source the majority of its electricity supply from renewables. The BART Board of Directors approved two 20-year renewable-energy power purchase agreements this week. “These agreements will ensure the District gets a majority of its electricity supply […]