Entries by Woody Hastings

Utilities are buying up distributed energy companies. Should Community Energy agencies take a lesson?

The following article by Jeff St. John of Greentech Media demonstrates the burgeoning competition for electricity customers as utility monopolies lose their stronghold. Will Community Choice Energy agencies take a lesson and avoid losing their own customers? Considering their community focus, are Community Choice agencies developing sufficient opportunities and incentives for local solar to support […]

New report examines consequences of private utility over-purchasing of power for customers as Community Choice grows

A new report by the Center for Climate Protection examines the over procurement of power by private utilities in the context of the growth of Community Choice Energy in California. The report is authored by energy policy analyst June Brashares and Tyler Bonson, a graduate of Sonoma State’s Energy Management and Design and in Economics. The […]

Center for Climate Protection partners with MCE and others for building efficiency optimization project

California Energy Commission “Local Government Challenge Grant” project receives highest score in its category On April 11th the Center received news that it had been awarded, along with its Project partners, $1.7M in funding for a project that will help the state achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals and that aims to develop a replicable model […]

Center and UC Santa Barbara students selected to partner on Community Choice Energy project

In late March the Center for Climate Protection and a group of UC Santa Barbara students received word that their project “Developing a Toolkit to Optimize Community Choice Energy Programs” has been selected for the 2017-18 cycle. It was a highly competitive process so this is exciting news. The students are in a program at […]

The Four Ds of Energy Democracy — Disruptive technology, Distributed power, Decentralization, and Democracy of ownership

In a recent article, the East Coast-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance explains how we can evolve from energy monopoly to Energy Democracy in four steps. The bottom line is that it is all about placing more control in the hands of communities and individuals, resulting in more of the economic benefits of energy to accrue […]

Community speaks up for Community Choice at California Public Utilities Commission meeting on April 6 in Santa Rosa

Community speaks up for Community Choice at California Public Utilities Commission meeting on April 6 in Santa Rosa Half of the thirty-two people who spoke at the April 6 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission spoke in support of Community Choice Energy and/or Sonoma Clean Power. A strong showing of support for Community Choice. Ann […]