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Destiny Rodriguez with Jim Grant from the Catholic Diocese of Fresno's Social Justice Channel.

Peace, social justice, and a new energy system

During the holidays, the word “peace” is thrown around a lot. It’s usually used to describe a state of being that may feel elusive in a world being swallowed by climate change. For me, peace directly relates to working for social justice. This became especially clear to me in a recent interview with Jim Grant, […]

Community Choice agencies offer broad suite of resilience initiatives in their communities

by CAL CCA As de-energization becomes the norm in California, CCAs are uniquely positioned to rapidly advance local energy resilience initiatives such as microgrids to keep critical facilities on line, and locally sited distributed energy resources (DER) like solar and energy storage to help prevent future wildfires and grid outages. CCAs are in fact already […]

The benefits of pursuing Community Choice Energy in Fresno

by David Castellon, The Business Journal In the Fresno area, more than 750 manufacturing businesses use the bulk of electricity directed here by Pacific Gas & Electric, but the cost of that energy is among the most expensive in California, said Mike Betts, president and CEO of the Betts Co., a south Fresno manufacturer of […]

Community Choice agencies say PG&E should become a “wires only” company

by CalCCA In a new filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, community choice aggregators (CCAs) from Northern California urged state regulators to take action to restructure PG&E as a “wires-only” company—moving the utility out of the retail energy business so PG&E management can focus on safely managing the company’s transmission and distribution system, which […]

How SDG&E plans to quit the electricity procurement business

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media California officials grappling with the fallout from devastating wildfires and the fate of embattled utility Pacific Gas & Electric will soon have to answer another weighty question: Should the state’s utilities get out of the business of buying and selling electricity? And, if so, what should be the default electricity […]

PG&E Bankruptcy – what does it mean for customers, the climate, and communities?

On Tuesday, January 29, PG&E filed for protection under Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. The broad outline of the story, as most The Climate Center e-news readers are probably aware, is that as a result of utility equipment being pinpointed as a cause of many of the wildfires over the past two years, PG&Es’ liabilities outstrip […]

Here’s how local governments are replacing California’s biggest utilities

The Climate Center is cited in the article below. We continue to advocate for Community Choice Energy as a preferred model for many communities because Community Choice agencies’ objectives are aligned with local government climate goals and these agencies do not have any obligation to maximize profits for private shareholders.  by Sammy Roth, LA Times […]

CPUC releases proposed decision on Community Choice exit fees

On August 1st the California Public Utilities Commission issued the long-awaited Proposed Decision* on the “exit fees” that Community Choice customers are charged for power that was purchased by private utilities on their behalf before they left (exited) to become Community Choice agency (CCA) customers. This is a pass-through charge because these fees are charged […]

Power change by changing power

Karen Barnes handles Development for The Climate Center. This summer we continue to work on our newest project, to bring Community Choice Energy to California’s Central Valley. All regions in our state should have access to clean power. Climate and environmental impacts are magnified and debilitating for disenfranchised communities that are disproportionately impacted by higher […]

Sonoma Clean Power offers innovative incentives for rebuilding after fires

by Sonoma Clean Power Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Bay Area Air Quality Management District have joined efforts to help homeowners affected by the October 2017 firestorms rebuild energy-efficient, sustainable homes. The program will be an enhancement to PG&E’s long-standing California Advanced Homes Program, and offers two incentive packages […]