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Government electricity step worth consideration

The idea of Butte County and Chico buying electrical power for their businesses and citizens raises concerns as a concept, but those concerns sure do ease with examination. It sounds like bureaucracy spreading into a private enterprise, but in the case of providing electricity, it’s really nothing new. Redding has been providing power for its […]

Power Play: Could Butte County create an open energy market?

In the sprawling agricultural lands of Yolo County, it’s not uncommon for processors to work at night. But this isn’t necessarily to avoid the heat—it’s to take advantage of lower energy costs during nonpeak hours. The county recently formed a Community Choice Aggregation program, a city- and county-run entity that buys and generates electricity for residents […]

Butte County, Chico considering new electricity system

OROVILLE — Butte County and Chico are considering a move to a less expensive way of providing electricity to business and residents, after a feasibility study of the community choice aggregation concept shows promise and savings. The option, approved by the Legislature in 2002, allows cities and counties to purchase power for their citizens from […]

Renewable energy transformation in South Lake Tahoe a cause for optimism

Let’s face it, things feel broken. Daily we are bombarded with a constant stream of negativity and conflict. At times the vitriol that permeates our discourse from the local to national level seems overwhelming. It is only natural to want to retreat and escape from this contentious reality. However great the temptation, we must remain […]

NID will host a Community Choice Aggregation roundtable on August 23

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. July 3, 2018 – Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a growing trend in California as a way for local governments and utility agencies to provide residents and businesses with a choice of an electric generation provider. To explore this opportunity for our local community, Nevada Irrigation District (NID) will host a roundtable […]

Solar customers can enroll early with Pioneer to take advantage of lower rates

Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) will begin enrolling solar customers starting September 2018, based upon the customer’s true-up date. Solar customers interested in taking advantage of Pioneer’s lower electric rates and monthly billing cycle, do not have to wait to enroll. Solar/Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers can enroll early by calling 1 (844) 937-7466. Pioneer’s generation […]

Butte County begins to explore CCA

Butte County is currently exploring ways to reduce energy costs through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). County staff began working with industry and the public to gain a better understanding of the potential benefits of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA allows local governments to become an energy purveyor and to purchase electrical energy on the wholesale […]

Racing the clock: Can Chico State erase its carbon footprint by 2030?

Chico State’s motto “today decides tomorrow” has resonated with a class of environmentally conscious students. For Natalie Kinney, it means the university must make decisions now to ensure a better future for the planet and generations to come. Though the university pledged in 2007 to become climate neutral by 2030, Kinney and her peers feel that […]

Community workshops for Placer Sustainability Plan set for April

Placer County is in the process of developing a sustainability plan, outlining ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage climate risks that threaten property value, natural resources and Placer quality of life. Two community workshops in April will offer a chance to learn about the plan’s purpose and goals and how to become involved […]

Grass Valley City Council OK’s Energy Action Plan

Cleaner energy and new trails were among the topics under discussion at the Grass Valley City Council Tuesday night. Council members approved signing a participation agreement with the Sierra Business Council to prepare an Energy Action Plan, which is intended to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program, conducted in partnership with […]