Community Choice Energy can be one of the most powerful ways to accelerate the transition from dirty fossil to cleaner renewable energy.
The Center for Climate Protection is working to spread the adoption of Community Choice Energy with that key goal in mind throughout California.
Community Choice agencies (CCAs) are local, not-for-profit, public agencies that provide electricity service to residents and businesses. Given that they are local, with decision-making meetings open to the public, CCAs enhance energy democracy by being more accessible and accountable to the local community.
Community Choice introduces competition and consumer choice into the electricity sector with a focus on local, renewable energy to stimulate rapid innovations in clean energy systems. As not-for-profit agencies, Community Choice energy providers are not beholden to multi-million dollar CEO salaries or 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 Agency.
Powerful Impacts for Sonoma Clean Power:
- 42% renewable energy in the power mix, well ahead of state standards
- 48% lower in greenhouse gases than the delivery utility
- 8-fold increase in money invested locally from clean energy funds generated through Sonoma Clean Power
- $62 Million in Sonoma Clean Power customer savings as of mid 2016
- $690,000 in refund checks to solar customers, including about $70,000 to schools
- 206 electric vehicles sold/leased through SCP’s 2016 pilot Drive EverGreen program, many more by the end of 2017 in Phase 2
To help you stay apprised of developments in Community Choice, we have established several ongoing or regularly updated services.
E-news: Clean Power Exchange (CPX) e-news is a bi-weekly compilation of news, views, events, job listings, and other updates relevant to Community Choice stakeholders from throughout California. Subscribe here: http://cleanpowerexchange.org/communities/all-news/
Webinars: Monthly webinars on topics related to local clean energy and Community Choice started in mid 2017. For recordings of past webinars and to find out when the next one is coming up, visit: http://cleanpowerexchange.org/webinars/
Interactive Map: We have developed an interactive map that presents information, updated weekly, for all 58 counties and all 482 cities in the state of California, about the availability or status of Community Choice in each city or county. Visit that map here: http://cleanpowerexchange.org/california-community-choice/
To learn more about the basics of Community Choice, visit “Community Choice 101” on our CPX Resources page. Learn more about Community Choice energy in general at our dedicated website: