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Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs are rolling out throughout California, which in the Bay Area will replace PG&E as the supplier of electricity for most residence and business.  PG&E is still responsible for transmission, distribution and billing, however your CCE, a Joint Powers Authority formed by local cities and/or the county, is responsible for purchasing the electricity.  CCE’s provide for higher levels of renewable energy as a default versus PG&E and at slightly lower prices.
 
Rollout to Solar Homeowners driven by True-up Date

Solar homeowners get a letter that gives details about special timing for enrollment.  The timing is driven by your true-up date, and its goals are to make sure that 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 weren't expecting to.

For 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 ~2.7  cents/kWh "generation rate"
(also 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 produce yourself.  PG&E has a 100% renewable program, however solar customers aren't eligible for it.  PG&E's renewable energy costs about 2 cents/kWh more than their standard electricity offering, but the CCE Renewable Energy programs cost less.  Also, CCE’s standard electricity offerings are slightly less expensive than PG&E's standard offerings and the rate options mirror PG&E’s.

Operational Community Choice Energy Agencies:

 MCE Clean Energy, launched 2010, serving Marin, Napa, & cities in Solano & Contra Costa    
  counties

Sonoma Clean Power, launched May 2014, serving Sonoma and Mendocino Counties
 CleanPowerSF, launched May 2016, serving the City and County of San Francisco
 Peninsula Clean Energy, launched October 2016, serving San Mateo County
   and all cities in the county

 Silicon Valley Clean Energy, launched April 2017 and phase 2 completed in July, serving
   Santa Clara County & all cities in the county except Palo Alto, Santa Clara, San Jose
   & Milpitas
.  SVCE's default option sources power from 100% greenhouse-gas free sources:
    half from "big hydro" and half from wind, solar and biomass.
 

Emerging Community Choice Energy Agencies:

 East Bay Community Energy, expected to launch in Spring 2018, serving Alameda County
  including Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emergyville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland,
  Piedmont, San Leandro and Union City.

 Monterey Bay Community Power launching Summer 2017
San Jose Clean Energy expected to launch in 2018

Evaluating Community Choice Energy:

Contra Costa County started a technical study and evaluation process in 2016. Note, some cities in Contra Costa have chosen to join East Bay Community Energy.  See list above.

Community Choice Energy Resources:

Clean Power Exchange provides information on Community Choice Energy around the state.
Cal-CCA.org, the trade association for California CCEs
CCA Wikipedia page

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