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Sonoma Clean Power’s Advanced Energy Rebuild Program Receives Grand Award at Bay Area Metro Awards

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power, the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, was a co-recipient of the Grand Award at this year’s Bay Area Metro Awards, which recognizes individuals and organizations advancing solutions to ease the housing crisis, improve the transportation system, and make the nine-county region more resilient. Every year, the Metropolitan Transportation […]

Get Rebates by Plugging into Electrify Marin

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by swapping out gas and propane appliances One of the County of Marin’s newest efforts in addressing climate change focuses on a source of greenhouse gas emis­sions that has largely been ig­nored: our home appliances. About one-third of greenhouse gases produced in Marin comes from buildings, mostly the re­sult of burning […]

Sunrun Wins Another Capacity Contract for Aggregated Home Storage

A network of residential energy systems will help Oakland, California wean itself off fossil-fueled peakers. East Bay Community Energy, which buys power for Alameda County in Northern California, approved a contract Wednesday night to pay Sunrun for 500 kilowatts of capacity from residential solar-plus-storage. The 10-year contract, which goes into effect in 2022, marks a […]

Sebastopol City Council goes greener

At its meeting on July 16, the Sebastopol City Council voted to switch the city’s utility accounts over to Evergreen, a 100% local and renewable energy program from Sonoma Clean Power. The switch will cost the city an additional $41,500 a year. “This is the single most important thing we can do that will have […]

Berkeley first city in California to ban natural gas in new buildings

The city of Berkeley will no longer allow natural gas pipes in many new buildings starting Jan. 1, 2020. It’s the first city in California to pass such a law, officials said. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the legislation, put forward by downtown Councilwoman Kate Harrison’s office and council co-sponsors Cheryl Davila, Ben […]

Sonoma Clean Power Seeks Participants for its Lead Locally Program: Energy-Saving Upgrades Available to Eligible Homes and Businesses in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, is currently recruiting participants for a study on energy-saving technology in which homes and businesses will receive free energy-efficient equipment. The study is part of SCP’s Lead Locally program which is funded through a grant from the California Energy Commission, along […]

PG&E’s planned power shutdowns could choke off vital water supplies

PG&E’s plan to prevent wildfires with widespread power shut-offs means no lights, no refrigeration and no internet in many parts of California. It could also mean limited use of toilets and taps, an inconvenience that water and sewer districts across the state are scrambling to address before a blackout comes and nature calls. Utilities, including […]

Silicon Valley customers have access to cleaner power than CA or the U.S. average

July 9, 2019 – The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has released a comparative analysis of local sources of power by emissions intensity. Three community choice energy (CCE) programs now serve 89% of Silicon Valley’s residential customers, and 69% of non-residential customers. PG&E, which served 91% of customers across Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties […]

Final Enrollment Numbers Show SFPUC Has More Than Quadrupled CleanPowerSF Customers in Past Year

San Francisco, CA— With the final enrollment of CleanPowerSF now officially completed, more than 376,000 businesses and residents are customers in the City’s local renewable energy program, marking a 360 percent increase from last year’s totals. The program, which is operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), provides renewable electricity services that are cheaper and […]

Myth Of The Month: How Can CCA Rates Be Lower Than Investor Owned Utilities?

As EBCE rolled out service to 500,000 residential and 50,000 commercial, industrial, and public customers, some wondered how it was possible that we could offer lower rates than PG&E. Surely PG&E’s great size means it can offer economies of scale?  Surely after 100 years of service PG&E would have streamlined operations and found every efficiency […]