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Energy’s future is solar plus storage

Solar power is growing in California, but is it growing too fast? Because solar power is generated only when the sun is shining, it is reasonable to ask: “Can we have too much of a good thing?” The simple side of the answer is no, we need to continue to grow our renewable energy capacity, […]

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 […]

Community choice agencies stabilizing power industry

Amid the uncertainty and concern surrounding PG&E’s bankruptcy and safety violations, Community Choice Energy (CCE) agencies have emerged as a stabilizing force in California’s power industry. We represent three of 19 CCE programs currently operating throughout the state. Locally, we are accelerating climate solutions while saving more than 870,000 households and businesses tens of millions […]

San Francisco Mayor Sees PG&E Assets as a ‘Great’ Opportunity

San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to use PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy to take over some of the company’s assets for the city’s power needs, a move that would shake up California’s largest utility and remake the state’s energy landscape. Breed said she sees an opportunity to deliver clean power to her residents while keeping rates as […]

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 […]