Wednesday, March 22, 2017

USA, California: Community Choice Aggregators Expand Opportunities for Renewable Energy

Sonoma Clean Power, Marin’s MCE help lead fight against fossil-fueled energy grid (North Bay Business Journal)

As the demand for clean, renewable energy across the state increases, both Sonoma Clean Power and MCE, formerly Marin Clean Energy, are expanding their services.

Santa Rosa-based Sonoma Clean Power will begin serving Mendocino County in June, which will add 38,000 new customers to its existing 196,000 in Sonoma County.

In the North Bay, San Rafael-based MCE, with 255,000, customers, expanded into Napa last year.

Both clean-energy organizations are the “default electricity suppliers.” Both have agreements with PG&E to purchase electricity from clean sources like solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower from alternative sources, and feed it through PG&E’s wires to customers. PG&E also remains responsible for billing and maintenance to the system.