Community Choice Energy: A California transformation in one decade

by Ann Hancock, The Climate Center  |  March 10, 2016 In October 2014, at our first Business of Local Energy Symposium, only two operational Community Choice programs existed in California: Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power. A mere sixteen months later, Community Choice is taking off across the state. We reported this story in […]

CleanPowerSF Community Choice Takes a Giant Step Forward

by Woody Hastings  |   September 30, 2015 Can you say “all oars rowing in the same direction?” On Friday, September 25, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Local Agency Formation Commission held a joint meeting to hear the latest from their respective staffs about plans and timelines for moving forward with the […]

Profile: Geof Syphers, Chief Executive Officer of Sonoma Clean Power

By Bill Skoonberg (Guest blog contribution to The Climate Center) Ever wonder what you can do to address the climate crisis? The folks at the Center for Climate Protection have been working on that question since their founding in 2001. In 2005, they identified Community Choice energy as the single most powerful tool available to […]

Lancaster California Community Choice: Up and Running – Fast!New YOUtility launched May 6, 2015

By Woody Hastings Lancaster is well known in renewable energy circles as the first city in the United States to mandate solar on all new homes. In May, Lancaster achieved another big milestone when it began operating the third Community Choice energy program in California. Lancaster Choice Energy is live! It took Marin and Sonoma […]

Another Important Legislative Victory for Community Choice Energy

A two-year struggle to defeat an insidious piece of legislation in Sacramento, Assembly Bill 976, has come to a happy conclusion. On September 27 Governor Brown vetoed AB976 and added a brief signing statement (see below). In this statement the Governor echoed what community choice proponents drove home repeatedly in committee hearings and elsewhere. The […]