Community Choice Energy Factfinding Tour

Fresno Policymakers Visit Operational Agencies

On August 7 and 8, three representatives from the Fresno City Council traveled to Alameda and Sonoma counties for a tour of the operational Community Choice agencies (CCAs) in those counties, East Bay Community Energy, and Sonoma Clean Power.

Representatives included Luis Chavez, President of the Fresno City Council, Dolores Barajas, Chief of Staff to Councilmember Miguel Arias, and Aida Macedo, Chief of Staff to Councilmember Nelson Esparza.

The tour included visits with governing board members and staff, visits to commercial customers of the CCAs, and a visit to a solar array that is part of the power mix of Sonoma Clean Power. Ah, and once in Sonoma County, a bit of wine tasting at the vineyard of a happy CCA customer.

Visiting East Bay Community Energy. From L-to-R: Jessie Denver, Luis Chavez, Annie Henderson, Alex DiGiorgio, Nick Chaset, Taj Ait-Laoussine, Deidre Sanders, Aida Macedo, Dolores Barajas

“Meeting with the Governing Board members and staff in their own offices to hear directly from them about what it takes to run a Community Choice agency and about the programs they offer their communities, really helped me gain a better understanding of how a CCA might be good for Fresno,” stated Fresno Council President Luis Chavez. He added, “I also discovered a great tiramisu at an Italian restaurant in Santa Rosa!”

Earlier this year, the Fresno City Council held a workshop on Community Choice Energy which led more recently to the City allocating funds to secure a Community Choice technical study. The purpose of the tour was to allow the councilmembers to gain a fuller understanding of what Community Choice Aggregation is all about by actually walking into their offices and meeting with their leadership and staff.

“Thank you for organizing such a great and informative trip for us. I enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to our partnership,” stated Aida Macedo of Councilmember Esparza’s office. She added that “the tour really opened my eyes to the intentional and important work that Community Choice Energy agencies are doing for communities, government, and the environment.”

Tour organizers felt it was a success and may arrange another tour in the future, so if you are a local government elected official interested in learning more about Community Choice, let us know!

One final note… news, information, and resources specifically about the prospects for Community Choice Energy in the San Joaquin Valley can be found on our dedicated webpage for that info.

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