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City Launches Clean Power Program

CleanPowerSF has launched as of May, 2016 and customers are already seeing the benefits of cheaper utility bills and cleaner sources of power. This article covers how the organization was started, the challenges it faced, and the history of Community Choice in California. “CleanPowerSF was authorized in 2002 under California Assembly Bill (AB) 117, which enables […]

MCE Solar Customers Earn $1 Million+ for Excess Energy Production in 2015-16

MCE recently completed its fifth annual cash out process for rooftop solar customers, offering $1,028,452 in check payments to buy the excess solar generated electricity from approximately 3,000 customers. “It’s gratifying to see so many customers receive checks through MCE’s net energy metering program,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Of the $1 million MCE […]

Benicia eco company offers to pay residents for going solar

“Lots of people want to do their part in helping the environment, and one way to do it is by installing solar panels to cut back on the use of electricity. Unfortunately, the cost of these panels can be pretty exorbitant. Not everyone is willing to pay $73 a month for 730 kilowatt hours in […]

SILICON VALLEY CLEAN ENERGY TO PROVIDE 100% CARBON FREE ELECTRICITY AT LOWER RATES IN 2017

“The Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCE), a partnership of 12 local governments, will bring its residents and businesses 100% carbon free electricity at lower costs when it begins operation in 2017. On July 13th, SVCE’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the plan. ‘Offering 100% carbon free electricity at lower rates is a game-changer, fulfilling […]

What’s Next After Paris & What’s In Store For California?

On June 30, 2016, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group presented its annual Energy & Sustainability Summit at Oracle in Redwood City, with the theme: “What’s Next After Paris & What’s In Store For California.” Here are some of the highlights from a day full of brilliant and informative speakers: Peter Gleik, President of the Pacific […]

Marin IJ Editorial: Marin Clean Energy’s power to the people

“Economies of scale reap rewards for ratepayers of Marin Clean Energy, Marin’s homegrown public power agency that is reducing its rates by an average of 9 percent, starting Sept. 1. A large reason for this good news for consumers is the agency’s recent expansion, adding customers beyond Marin’s boundaries, including unincorporated Napa County and the […]

My Word: Piedmont needs to embrace climate plan, cut energy use

“Piedmont needs to participate in community choice aggregation (CCA), a countywide effort to switch Alameda County to renewable energy sources such as solar and hydro. CCA may lead to slightly higher energy bills but could reduce Piedmont’s GHG emissions by 50 percent.” My Word: Piedmont Needs to Embrace Climate Plan, Cut Energy Use, by Garrett Keating, The […]

OP-ED: Investment in sustainability, infrastructure and safety

“In addition to the wastewater treatment plant, the city of San Mateo is participating in sustainability projects including the countywide effort to provide clean renewable electricity provided by the new agency Peninsula Clean Energy, the greatest regional effort to reduce greenhouse gases in local history. We are mandating solar projects with all new buildings. We […]

Council hears about crude by rail, water infrastructure and EMS costs Tuesday

“PG&E exit fees Councilmember Alan Schwartzman provided the Council with some information pertaining to a proposal to submit a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) fee, essentially an exit fee, charged by Pacific Gas & Electric to customers who have switched to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) […]

Municipal Aggregation Could Add 100,000 Customers

Marin Clean Energy’s customer base is growing, and the word is getting out. “Communities with some 94,000 customers are joining California community choice aggregation Marin Clean Energy in the coming months, which, depending on the opt-out rate, could increase the aggregation’s customer count by about 50%.” Municipal Aggregation Could Add 100,000 Customers, RetailEnergyX, June 29, 2016.