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North Bay Roundup

Here is what has been happening in the North Bay lately: MCE Clean Energy has been busy adding seven new municipalities — Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga, and Yountville  — to their joint powers authority (JPA). Dawn Weisz CEO, of MCE, says that by adding to the cities to the JPA, their customers could […]

Silicon Valley Community Choice Programs Moving Forward: Two CEOs Hired

Peninsula Clean Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy, both newly formed, took substantial strides in recent weeks toward preparing their programs for launch. The nascent effort in San Jose is also moving down the tracks. Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), encompassing all twenty cities plus the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, established its joint powers […]

Clean energy program nears start

Barring a vote from the San Mateo County Supervisors to approve the $7.88 million to get the program started, Peninsula Clean Energy is preparing to launch. “Initial customer enrollments will begin Oct. 1. A second group of customers will be added April 1, 2017, and the remaining customers will start to be enrolled in October […]

Sonoma Clean Power: From startup to profit in two years

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 […]

Huchingson asks Lake County BOS to reconsider aggregation

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 […]

Greener generation begins with CleanPowerSF

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 […]

Local Energy – Sonoma County Community Choice Energy

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 Clean Energy Adds 7 New Municipalities, Raising Prospect of Lower Rates

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 […]

City to explore JPA focused on providing clean energy

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 […]

What’s New with Community Choice Energy in San Jose?

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) […]