US corporations & institutions strengthening renewable energy commitment in wake of us withdrawal from Paris accords

by Joshua S. Hill, Clean Technica Despite US President Donald Trump pulling his country out of the Paris Climate Agreement, US corporations and institutions are maintaining, and in many cases strengthening, their interest in renewables. These are the key findings from a new report published this week by research company Smart Energy Decisions, which surveyed […]

Presenting “State of solar energy in Sonoma County: Paths to accelerate adoption” a new Center white paper

“A confluence of technological and policy forces is dramatically transforming the way energy is generated, managed, delivered, and used.” So begins one of the recent studies commissioned by Sonoma Clean Power and produced by the Center for Climate Protection “State of Solar Energy in Sonoma County: Paths to Accelerate Adoption.” The study, lead-authored by energy […]

A Community Choice agency in the Central Valley could help accelerate deployments like this one in Kings County, which currently generates power that is purchased by Community Choice agencies outside of the Valley.

Center receives grants for $160,000 to accelerate Community Choice Energy in California

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 releases report on Community Choice and the economic impact of buying local renewable power

The Center for Climate Protection is pleased to present this report about potential local economic benefits from Community Choice Energy (CCE) in the San Joaquin Valley. It builds on our previous work in analyzing economic impacts of CCE in the City of San Jose in “Community Choice Energy: What is the Economic Impact? San Jose, […]

The Business of Local Energy Symposium – A Smashing Success

Last Friday, May 5, about 400 people including elected officials and energy professionals gathered in Long Beach for the Center for Climate Protection’s third annual Business of Local Energy symposium. Deputy Director Barry Vesser was the symposium’s architect. Co-organizers were the Local Government Commission and the Local Government Sustainability and Energy Coalition. Attendees heard 56 […]

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 […]

Symposium in Long Beach will advance Community Choice Energy for people and climate

by Barry Vesser, Center for Climate Protection The Center for Climate Protection along with our partners at the Local Government Commission and the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition offer our third Business of Clean Energy Symposium at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach on May 5th, 2017.   The Symposium will once again convene government, business, and community leaders to […]

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 […]

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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 […]