Choice Energy - Good for
Choice Energy (CCE) programs
are rolling out throughout California, which in the Bay Area will
PG&E as the supplier of electricity for most residence and
is still responsible for transmission, distribution
however your CCE, a
formed by local cities and/or the
county, is responsible for purchasing the electricity. CCE’s
higher levels of renewable energy as a default versus PG&E and
the Environment & for Solar Customers
Solar Homeowners driven by True-up Date
homeowners get a letter that gives details about special timing for
The timing is driven by your true-up date, and its goals are to make
you don't lose any credit you may have banked with PG&E and
that you don't
have to pay a big true-up bill at a time of the annual cycle when you
solar homeowners, CCE's net metering programs are typically better
than PG&E's, especially if your system produces more kWh over
the year than
you consume. Overproducing systems are paid full retail
prices for the
electricity portion of the overproduction, not PG&E's
cents/kWh "generation rate"
called net surplus compensation rate) as of July 2017.
Most CCE's also
give a higher credit for the net energy you send back to the grid in
any given month
, typically $.01 per kilowatt-hour.
Another plus: CCEs allow solar customers to purchase
electricity from 100%
renewable energy sources for electricity that you don’t
PG&E has a 100% renewable program, however solar customers
for it. PG&E's renewable energy costs about 2
cents/kWh more than
their standard electricity offering, but the CCE Renewable Energy
less. Also, CCE’s
offerings are slightly less expensive than PG&E's standard
offerings and the
rate options mirror PG&E’s.
Choice Energy Agencies:
MCE Clean Energy
(MCE) - this first CCE program in California covers Marin
County and in 2018, rolled
out to almost all of Contra Costa County.
was the second CCE program in California. SCP just completed their
final “Drive EV” program in November 2018.
serving San Francisco businesses and residents in 2016.
Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE)
was founded in 2016, is based in Sunnyvale and serves 13 Santa Clara
Clean Energy (PCE)
launched in 2017 and is San Mateo County’s CCE program. PCE is
offering a $1000 rebate on EVs. Details are here.
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)
to almost all of Alameda County residences i Nov 2018 (commercial
started a few months ago), and will be the largest CCE program in
county cities signing up for EBCE include Albany, Berkeley, Dublin,
Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, and Union
East Bay Express published an article about EBCE
in July 2018.
San Jose Clean Energy
expected to launch in February 2019 for San Jose residential and
Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) began providing lower-cost, carbon-free electricity during 2018 to Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey Counties.
In late 2018, arrangements were worked out for the cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay (both
in San Luis Obispo County) to join with Monterey Bay Community Power.
These two cities, and perhaps others that may join with MBCP as well,
will begin receiving carbon-free electricity starting in January of
Choice Energy Resources:
CalCCA represents CCE providers
the California legislature and regulatory agencies.
The Local Clean Energy
works at the Bay Area, state and national level to promote clean energy
“local power” in the sense of democracy as well as energy. LCEA
Weinrub edited the new book Energy
Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions.
Energy works to
accelerate expansion and success of CCE nationwide.
Clean Power Exchange (CPX)
was started to help form Sonoma Clean Power, the second CCE program in
California. It now works to expand CCE throughout California and
has a statewide interactive CCE map.
Clean Coalition helps CCE
providers navigate legal, regulatory and financial issues for
procurement, risk management and managing relationships with utilities
Wikipedia provides a summary of
national as well as
California CCE programs here.
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