October 25, 2018, Statewide Call – “What Next, After the PCIA Decision?”

Alliance members were joined by former CPUC Commissioner Loretta Lynch in a discussion of the avenues left to Community Choice advocates in the wake of the CPUC’s devastating decision on the PCIA. In this decision, Commissioners opted to reject their own staff’s recommendations in favor of an Order that heavily disadvantages the customers of community choice program. Several strategies action …

July 26, 2018, Statewide Call — East Bay’s Local Development Business Plan

Chris Sentieri’s briefing on the groundbreaking Local Development Business Plan adopted by East Bay Community Energy focused on the Plan’s powerful framework for providing environmental, economic, and social justice benefits to East Bay communities through the development of local renewable energy resources. The creation of the Local Development Business Plan engaged the East Bay community in reviewing more than two …

April 19, 2018, Statewide Call – The Low-down on CAISO Regional Expansion

Former CPUC President Loretta Lynch and 350 San Diego leader Tyson Siegele joined Alliance members in a discussion of the impacts of CAISO regional expansion on California in general, and on Community Choice in particular. The discussion highlighted the threat to Community Choice programs of taking CAISO out of California’s control, and answered questions about the mechanisms of the threat.

March 29, 2018, Statewide Call – Community Engagement: How Local Efforts are Engaging their Communities in Community Choice 

Community Choice advocates reported on East Bay Community Energy, Monterey Bay Community Power, Central Coast, Clean Power Alliance and Solana Energy Alliance, on how their communities are engaging (or not) in the formation or shaping of their local Community Choice programs. The discussion was kicked off by looking at some of the key practices identified in our newly released Guide …

December 21, 2017, Statewide Call – A Hostile CPUC Releases Resolution E-4907

The surprise release of this CPUC Resolution in the midst of the holidays underscores the depth of the CPUC’s antagonism against the continued spread of Community Choice programs.  The Resolution imposes a timeline that new Community Choice programs must meet, including launch delays of 1-2 years following submission of their Implementation Plan.

November 30, 2017, Statewide Call – Update on Transmission Access Charges

Transmission Access Charges are imposed on local, small-scale renewable energy projects, even when the electricity from those projects never reaches the transmission system.  The result: smaller projects are penalized by up to 3c/kWh by this charge.  Community Choice and renewable energy advocates have long fought the repeal of these charges.