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Local government energy-buying idea bruised by ruling

The effort of Butte County and Chico to form an agency to buy electrical power for their citizens suffered a blow Thursday, but it’s unclear just how severe a blow it was. The state Public Utilities Commission approved a set of costs for customers who leave PG&E or the state’s other investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to […]

Squaw Valley’s plan to use Tesla to lower risk to skiers and to snow

Andy Wirth seems to never lack enthusiasm. He jumps into everything 100 percent. This has gotten him into deep trouble at least once. After arriving in California to run Squaw Valley in 2010, he took up skydiving. On a windy day in 2013, he was blown toward electrical transmission lines. To avoid them he instead […]

Meetings scheduled on government power-buying proposal

Meetings are planned in Chico and Oroville to provide information and take feedback on a proposal that would see Butte County and Chico buying electrical power for their citizens. Under a community choice aggregation program, a government entity buys power on the open market, which can result in savings. Locally, PG&E would still deliver the […]

Nevada City United Methodist Church: Clean, sustainable energy for Nevada County

NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 31, 2018 – “We are committed to approaching creation, energy production, and especially creation’s resources in a responsible, careful and economic way. We call upon all to take measures to save energy…..We strongly advocate for the priority of the development of renewable energies”. Taken from the SOCIAL PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, […]

Flipping the switch: Nevada County hosts discussion on Community Choice energy

Nevada County just took its first baby step toward being in control of its power supply, with lower customer bills and 100 percent clean energy as some of the potential benefits. On Thursday, local government officials and community members got the chance to explore just what it would take to create a community choice aggregation […]

NID roundtable at Nevada County fairgrounds will highlight community-owned power

Nevada County residents will be able to explore the possibility of controlling their power supply during a roundtable on Community Choice Aggregation on Thursday. The discussion, hosted by the Nevada Irrigation District, will highlight how Community Choice Aggregation programs are administered by local governments to purchase electricity as an alternative to investor-owned utility sources such […]

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 […]