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 […]

Sonoma Clean Power continues to lead the way on clean power and low rates

By Woody Hastings, CCP   |  Feb. 25, 2016 Sonoma Clean Power launched in 2014 with rates below PG&E. SCP’s standard plan is to set rates once per year. When it had its first chance to raise rates in April 2015, it chose to keep them unchanged from the previous year. This year the staff […]

The accelerating pace and growing number of Californians served by Community Choice

 By Ann Hancock and Woody Hastings, CCP  |  Feb. 24, 2016 The The Climate Center keeps a close eye on Community Choice energy developments in the State of California and updates a growing database of cities and counties evaluating Community Choice. The compiled data demonstrates the spread of Community Choice and shows that momentum is […]

San Bernardino County Energy Symposium Draws Desert Preservation Activists and Elected Officials

Center for Climate Protection is there to answer questions and offer support By Woody Hastings, CCP  |  Jan. 27, 2016 About 100 community leaders and clean energy advocates convened for a Local Energy Symposium on January 25th, hosted by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association in Yucca Valley, not far from Joshua Tree National Monument. Earlier […]

Business of Local Energy Symposium: A Must-Attend Event for Community Choice

by Andy Ferguson The second Business of Local Energy Symposium, an event that explores the emerging Community Choice Energy market in California, will be held in San Jose on March 4th. Prominent speakers from existing Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs, state energy agencies, and private industry will address an audience composed of local government representatives […]

San Francisco’s Community Choice Energy Program Launching May 1

By Woody Hastings, CCP  |   Jan. 15, 2016  All eyes are on San Francisco in the California local clean energy community as the City moves closer to its long-held vision of having its own Community Choice energy program, CleanPowerSF. San Francisco was one of the first communities to embark on an evaluation of Community […]

The Climate Center receives Logan Foundation support to spread Community Choice in California’s Central Valley

By Woody Hastings, CCP  |  December 29, 2015 The Climate Center is proud to announce that the Reva and David Logan Foundation awarded it a grant for 2016 to spread Community Choice energy programs in California. The Logan-funded project will focus on five yet-to-be-selected Central Valley communities in California, communities that are severely impacted by […]

Peninsula Clean Energy is Born!

By Woody Hastings The race is on between San Francisco’s CleanPowerSF and Peninsula Clean Energy: Which will be first to launch an electricity program for their residents and businesses? San Francisco has a head start because they have been working on their effort for many years, and they are on schedule to launch early in […]

Community Choice Takes Shape in Silicon Valley

By Barry Vesser, CCP  |  Nov. 12, 2015 [ San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra talks about his interest in Community Choice] Momentum is building for Community Choice Energy (CCE) in Silicon Valley. San Mateo aims to form a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), the legal framework for a multi-municipality Community Choice program, in February 2016, […]

Former Energy Commissioner Shares Views on the Energy Sector

Interview with Jeff Byron, by Niki Woodard  |  October 20, 2015 What’s on the mind of a former California Energy Commissioner? Energy, of course. More specifically, Community Choice Energy, accelerating renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and future clean tech innovations. Jeff Byron served on the California Energy Commission from 2006 to 2011, appointed by Governor […]