In 2015 United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals were created and implemented for countries to make mass impact on the global scale by 2030. The goals range from sustainable communities to peace and justice. One particular goal that California has narrowed its focus on is “Affordable and Clean Energy.” Though the goals are established for countries, change has to start somewhere, usually on a smaller scale. Shifting this global idea down to the local level is the best place to start. With California’s current energy mix becoming more and more renewable as time goes on, Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), have been taking the leadership and initiative to help bring clean energy to the local level.
The big investor own utilities have been adding renewable energy to their portfolio and have also had beneficial public programs such as electric vehicle rebates and promoting residential energy efficiency. However, CCAs have been overall more aggressive with their clean energy goals. For many CCAs, greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions is a focal point in their formation and existence. Many of the CCAs feature their GHG reductions prominently on their websites.
California’s CCAs have hit major milestones this year: 3,000-megawatts for new long-term clean energy contracts, millions in dollars in funding for electric vehicle programming, and the expansion of multiple CCAs into new territories. All of these milestones are helping push California into reaching its greenhouse gas reduction goals. Less car pollution, more clean energy on the grid, and ultimately, choice in our energy provider.
In a time where clean energy and climate action becomes increasingly important by the day, it is important that our utilities, states, and communities adopt stringent clean energy policies that help curb the use of fossil fuels and that help advance clean energy technology. With many of the states CCAs providing programming that focuses on electrification of transportation, residential energy efficiency, and community building, a more sustainable future is underway.
While CCAs work directly to achieve the Affordable and Clean Energy goal, they also contribute to many other goals such as: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Good Health and Well-being, and Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. With 2030 fast approaching, it is safe to say that expansion of CCA in California will help make the sustainable future outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals a reality within the next decade.