California’s AB 2145 Undermines Clean Energy, Local Economies, and Majority Rule

Date: 13 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A powerful law in six states gives communities the power to choose their energy suppliers and direct their energy dollars toward local energy production. Two of the most prominent examples of this policy in action are in California, Marin Clean … Read More

Same Price, More Renewables. San Diego’s Fight for Community Choice – Episode 23A of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 5 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego.  A product that is price competitive … Read More

Local. 33% Renewable. And Lower Prices. Sonoma Clean Power “CCA” Launches.

Date: 8 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Starting last week, 20,000 Sonoma County, CA, electricity customers will get more renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. More of their $180 million in energy expenses will stay in the local … Read More

The Power of the Collective Energy Purchasing – Episode 20 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 17 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“We can’t do it as an individual, But four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power – that’s really powerful.” Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy … Read More

Greening or Greenwashing? Illinois Cities’ Use of RECs Shows Challenges with Local Aggregation

Date: 7 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund (and others) touts how city energy aggregation is “unleashing” renewable energy in Illinois. Buying electricity on behalf of their residential and small business customers, nearly 100 Midwestern cities have purchased renewable energy … Read More

The Leading Community Energy Aggregator – Episode 19 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 3 Apr 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5% of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, … Read More

Three Unequal Options for Local Energy Control

Date: 28 Feb 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If we ignore self-generation, three policies are at the center of increasing local control of energy: deregulation (“customer choice”), municipal aggregation (“city choice”), and municipal utilities (“city ownership”).  Two recent articles highlight the relative value of these policies quite clearly. … Read More

Local Energy Choice with Community Choice Aggregation

Date: 17 Jul 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local Energy Choice with Community Choice Aggregation from John Farrell   A presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell to the National Strategy Meeting of the Local Energy Aggregation Network (February 2012) on the potential for community choice aggregation policy … Read More

Community Choice Aggregation: An Update

Date: 8 Jun 2009 | posted in: Energy | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community Choice Aggregation lets cities and counties select their own electricity provider, prioritize renewable energy and encourage conservation, without having to own the utility or the power lines. It has expanded in California, and this paper provides an update on this innovative policy. For years, the U.S. has been served by four forms of electric utility: investor-owned, cooperative, municipal, and federal (e.g. Tennessee Valley Authority).  This list is changing.

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