Solar installCommunity Choice Energy helps accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The Center for Climate Protection is working to spread the adoption of Community Choice Energy throughout California.

Community Choice Energy is a local program that buys and generates electricity for business and residents. It introduces competition and choice into the electricity market with a focus on local, renewable energy to stimulate rapid innovations in clean energy systems. As local non-profit entities, Community Choice energy providers are not beholden to increasing shareholder returns, but rather to stable, competitive pricing for consumers and increasingly resilient, clean, and local energy systems.  Below are some impressive outcomes of the launch of Sonoma Clean Power, Sonoma County’s Community Choice Energy agency.

Powerful Impacts for Sonoma Clean Power:

  • 48% lower in greenhouse gases than PG&E’s electricity
  • 8-fold increase in money invested locally using clean energy funds generated through Sonoma Clean Power
  • $62 Million in Sonoma Clean Power customer savings as of mid 2016
  • $600,000 in refund checks to solar customers, including about $70,000 to schools

Community-scale solar is an ideal way to power Community Choice Energy.  To learn more about it, click here.

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What is Community Choice Energy?

Sonoma Clean Power,less whiteCommunity Choice is a local program, like Sonoma Clean Power, that buys and generates electricity for business and residents. It introduces competition and choice into the electricity market with a focus on local, renewable energy to stimulate rapid innovations in clean energy systems. As local non-profit entities, Community Choice energy providers are not beholden to increasing shareholder returns, but rather to stable, competitive pricing for consumers and increasingly resilient, clean, and local energy systems.

Background:

In 2005, our analysis revealed that Community Choice was the most powerful, cost-effective solution under local control for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Sonoma Clean Power, which began serving customers in May 2014, is beating even optimistic projections for emission reductions, rates, enrollment levels, and revenue generation. It’s also beating our hopes for inspiration. Within a year (from 2014 to 2015), the number of communities considering Community Choice has grown from 12 to 70.

The Center for Climate Protection is spreading the good news about Community Choice and helping other communities across California start their own programs. Together, we will reach our state’s goals to reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2040.

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