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Within two years of launching in May 2014, Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has served Sonoma County residents well. SCP has saved them an average of 2 percent off of their monthly energy bills totaling almost $50 million dollars collectively. “The agency, which includes the county and eight of its nine cities, now serves 196,000 residential and commercial accounts, representing […]
With the costs of the 2015 Valley Fire looming, Lake County officials are unsure of the future of the County’s involvement in a CCA. County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson has raised concerns, “As your new County Administrative Officer, I am very concerned about the timing of this project,” Huchingson wrote in a memo to the […]
By Lizzie Johnson | San Francisco Chronicle | May 1, 2016 “We are being rewarded for the amount of time it took us to launch this program, because it is now better and more cost-effective than it would have been had we launched five years ago,” said Barbara Hale, assistant general manager for power […]
A great article about Community Choice around the state of California and a nice summary of CCA facts. All of the CCEs online so far offer a larger portion of renewable energy than PG&E,and cost a bit less. All offer a 100% green option for just a slightly higher rate. Importantly, the income generated by […]
MCE adds 7 new municipalities. “Dawn Weisz, Marin Clean Energy’s executive officer, said the extra revenue generated by the addition of Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga and Yountville could result in an average 8 percent reduction in Marin Clean Energy’s rates.” Marin Clean Energy Adds 7 New Municipalities, Raising Prospect of Lower […]
The City of Martinez is exploring joining a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to become the default energy provider to their community. The article does not explicitly state that it will be Contra Costa County’s JPA, but it seems like they would be the likely agency. “The city approved early plans on Wednesday to explore joining a new […]
By Ruth Merino, Chair of San Jose Community Energy Community Choice Energy in San Jose is moving forward with approval for exploring the program from the City Council. This past year, San Jose Community Energy, a group of San Jose residents, worked closely with the Center for Climate Protection to advocate for a Community Choice Energy (CCE) […]
“Nearly 300,000 PG&E customers in San Mateo County will get their energy from renewable sources by the end of the year as all 20 of the county’s cities have agreed to form a joint powers agency with the county to buy clean power in bulk.” Cities moving to clean energy: Twenty municipalities sign on to […]
by Ann Hancock and Jeff Byron “San Jose cannot meet its longstanding goal of maximizing the use of renewable energy without a substantial shift in the way it procures power. But it has limited resources to devote to the kind of Community Choice energy plan that other Bay Area cities and counties are adopting to […]
After a quarter-long collaboration between Stanford graduate students and city staff, East Palo Alto has become a founding member of Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). This new non-profit seeks to provide San Mateo County residents with renewable energy at low cost. Peninsula Clean Energy’s new “community choice energy” (CCE) program will take effect in August 2016. […]