What is Community Choice Energy?
Community 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.
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.