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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
the Environment & for Solar Customers
Solar Homeowners driven by True-up Date
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
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.
Community Choice Energy Agencies:
· MCE Clean Energy,
launched 2010, serving Marin, Napa, & cities in Solano & Contra Costa
· Sonoma Clean
Power, launched May 2014, serving Sonoma and Mendocino Counties
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:
"big hydro" and half from wind, solar and biomass.
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
Jose Clean Energy expected to launch in 2018
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.
Choice Energy Resources:
Exchange provides information on Community Choice Energy around
Cal-CCA.org, the trade association for California CCEs
CCA Wikipedia page
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