Community Choice Energy

The Community Choice Energy Working Group of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition advocates for the establishment of an Alameda County Community Choice program, in which the City of Berkeley would participate.

Watch a video recording or view slides from our 4/20/2015 Panel on Community Choice for Alameda County.

What is Community Choice Energy?

Community Choice Energy allows cities and counties to pool the electric load of their residents and businesses and purchase electricity on their behalf. Ultimately, this gives communities the power to decide where their energy comes from and to purchase clean energy from renewable sources (i.e. solar, wind, geothermal, small hydroelectric, etc. ), ideally produced locally. Thus, Community Choice programs also provide significant greenhouse gas reduction opportunities for municipalities, helping cities achieve their climate action plan goals.

In the spring of 2016, Alameda County completed a feasibility study — the first step towards creating a viable program. In the fall of 2016, the County Board of Supervisors will vote on the formation of East Bay Community Energy. Community Choice programs in California are already serving residents in San Francisco, Lancaster, Sonoma County, Marin County, Napa County, and portions of Contra Costa and Solano counties. Programs in San Mateo and Los Angeles counties will launch later in 2106. From northern to southern California, Community Choice campaigns are underway in over 20 communities including Humboldt, Mendocino, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Riverside, and San Diego, among others.

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Click here to download a 2-page PDF brochure on Community Choice Energy for Berkeley residents and businesses.

Haga clic aquí para una versión en español.

To learn more about how a Community Choice Energy program could work in Alameda County, check out “East Bay Community Choice Energy: from Concept to Implementation”.

To learn more about other Community Choice programs and campaigns in California, visit Local Energy Aggregation Network (LEAN).

To learn more about Alameda County’s Community Choice program, visit their website.

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