MCE Cares Campaign to Empower Bay Area Communities Toward Climate Action

MCE Cares Campaign to Empower Bay Area Communities Toward Climate Action

Campaign to help customers access new and existing programs to reduce bills and greenhouse gas emissions

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — July 7, 2021 – MCE is excited to announce the rollout of our newest campaign, MCE Cares. This campaign amplifies MCE’s focus on energy equity by helping customers access new and existing innovative energy programs and services that reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. By reinvesting in communities across four Bay Area counties and connecting customers to energy saving programs, MCE is empowering and galvanizing communities and individuals to act against climate change.The MCE Cares Campaign seeks to deepen engagement, participation, and awareness for multicultural, millennial, and Gen Z customers, which now represent more than half of MCE’s customers. These customer segments are environmental activism champions, influencing fundamental shifts in today’s culture.  MCE’s campaign is founded on the guiding values and core principles of climate action, clean energy, energy innovation, community power, and climate justice. These core principles are driven by MCE’s goal to promote access to innovative clean energy technologies that benefit both our planet and our communities.

“The impacts of climate change hit our most vulnerable communities the hardest,” said John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Boardmember, and MCE Board Director. “Hard hit communities in Contra Costa, including North Richmond and Baypoint, are fighting for climate health and justice. The MCE Cares campaign empowers climate action and offers vital resources to help those most impacted by pollution and climate change.”

Focusing on these core values, MCE Cares strives to advance energy technologies such as electric vehicles, energy storage, and energy savings for homes and businesses. Working with communities to promote energy equity through our programs and services, MCE wants to create an equitable climate future for everyone and reduce the negative impact that fossil fuels have had on historically impacted communities.As part of the MCE Cares Campaign, MCE’s Board of Directors approved $10 million to be used for cost relief to customers. The MCE Cares bill credit program can be combined with other programs to maximize savings, including the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) discount programs. Additionally, those who owe $500 or more in late payments may qualify for the Arrearage Management Plan (AMP) which forgives up to $8,000 a year. Apply for the MCE Cares credit online at www.mceCleanEnergy.org/mce-cares-credit or learn more about the CARE, FERA, and additional payment assistance programs at www.mceCleanEnergy.org/lowerbill

“The MCE Cares Campaign is an exciting opportunity for MCE to deepen connections with our customers,” said Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO. “We know that customers need access to resources, and we’re excited to reach these customers through this campaign focused on equitable climate action. Our clean energy and innovation programs can help customers save money and improve their quality of life. That’s the value of community power.”

MCE Cares is an extension of MCE’s larger goal to provide innovative solutions that invest back into our communities. This program is part of MCE’s ongoing COVID relief efforts, which include suspension of collections; direct outreach to customers to encourage enrollment in existing discount and utility bill assistance programs; early participation in the Arrearage Management Program in partnership with PG&E; an education and awareness program to spread the word about community resources and financial assistance programs for residential and small business customers;  free EV charging at MCE’s San Rafael office; and distribution of 100 portable back-up batteries to medically vulnerable customers prior to the 2020 Public Safety Power Shutoff season.To learn more about the campaign and MCE’s program visit us at mceCares.org.

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About MCE: As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to more than 540,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitter and Instagram.

MCE Launches New Community Solar Discount Programs

MCE Launches New Community Solar Discount Programs

Community Solar Connection and Green Access offer customer bill discounts and 100% renewable power

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — June 30, 2021 – MCE is excited to announce the launch of our newest programs, Community Solar Connection and Green Access, furthering our leadership on energy equity and affordability. MCE will be offering qualifying customers living in a designated disadvantaged community access to 100% renewable energy and a 20% discount on their electricity bills for up to 20 years. Both programs will be supported by the development of an additional 5.92 megawatts of new local clean energy capacity.

As part of our program launch, MCE is seeking local community and municipal organizations to become sponsors for the Community Solar Connection program. Sponsor organizations will be joined with local developers to create new solar projects located in disadvantaged communities within MCE’s service area that score in the top 25% based on CalEnviroScreen. CalEnviroScreen is a tool that “identifies California communities by census tract that are disproportionately burdened by, and vulnerable to, multiple sources of pollution.” Project sponsors will play an important role in the roll-out of Community Solar Connection. Sponsors will solicit community feedback regarding project locations, partner with MCE on a community outreach and recruitment plan and support job training and workforce development opportunities. MCE invites potential sponsors to complete the interest form at mceCleanEnergy.org/community-solar-sponsor as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

“With MCE’s focus on environmental justice, we are excited to launch our Community Solar Connection and Green Access programs,” said Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO. “These programs are a promising next step in increasing access to renewable resources while decreasing customer costs. MCE is committed to keeping the needs of our customers front and center as we move toward an equitable clean energy future.”

The Community Solar Connection program offers 100% solar energy and provides a 20% discount on the electricity portion of participating customers’ energy bills. At least 50% of the program’s participation capacity will be reserved for customers who are enrolled in CARE or FERA discount programs. Customers will be eligible to enroll in this program as soon as the solar resources come online, currently estimated for late 2022.

The Green Access program will supply 100% renewable power to customers located in a disadvantaged community with an accompanying 20% bill discount. Customers will be automatically enrolled beginning in September 2022, prioritizing customers who live in the highest scoring disadvantaged communities, are currently participating in either the CARE or FERA discount program and who have the need for additional support to get caught up on their energy bills.

Once both programs are fully operational, MCE estimates it will be able to provide almost 2,900 customers with bill discounts and access to more renewable energy. These are ratepayer-funded programs overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission, which has approved MCE’s request to administer these programs for our customers.

Visit mceCleanEnergy.org/community-solar-sponsor for more information or reach out to MCE at info@mcecleanenergy.org.

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About MCE: As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010. MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to more than 540,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram

San Diego International Airport Commits to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy from San Diego Community Power

San Diego International Airport Commits to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy from San Diego Community Power

San Diego International Airport Commits to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy from San Diego Community Power Busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States joins innovative group of Power100 Champions committed to leading the region and travel industry to a sustainable future

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – (June 23, 2021) – San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community choice energy program, announced San Diego International Airport’s (SAN) enrollment into its service and SAN’s decision to opt-up to the Power100 service level. SDCP will provide 100% renewable, 100% carbon-free energy to SAN, who continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship for the travel industry and region. The airport served 25 million passengers in 2019, making it the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States.

“Having the opportunity to work with San Diego Community Power enables us to reach our goal of 100 percent renewable electricity well before our planned timing of 2035,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. “SDCP’s ability to provide reliable, zero-carbon energy at competitive costs is a gamechanger for us and everyone in the region.” Environmental stewardship is a hallmark of operations at SAN. The Airport Authority instituted one of the first sustainability policies for a major airport in the United States and is committed to building and operating SAN in a manner that promotes the region’s prosperity and protects its quality of life.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Airport Authority to advance our shared vision of a cleaner, healthier region,” said SDCP Board Chair and Encinitas Councilmember Joe Mosca. “They are a great role model for organizations and businesses that are committed to saving money, our environment, and reinvesting in our local community.”

Saving Money and Positively Impacting the Community

Throughout June, approximately 72,000 commercial and industrial accounts in San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and La Mesa will become customers of SDCP; a public energy agency committed to providing clean energy, competitive rates, and innovative programs. The move offers businesses a choice in energy providers for the first time in the region’s history.

SDCP provides competitive rates for significantly greener energy options and reinvests in clean energy projects supporting healthier communities today and for the future. SDCP offers two service levels, PowerOn, which provides 50 percent renewable energy, and Power100 a 100 percent renewable energy service. Businesses that upgrade to the Power100 tier will soon have the option to register as a Power100 Champion, enabling them to be included on the SDCP website and receive promotional materials.

“As one of our first Power100 Champions, we hope SAN’s choice will inspire additional businesses to upgrade to 100 percent clean energy enabling us to reinvest even more in the community,” said Bill Carnahan, Interim CEO of San Diego Community Power. “As a local not-for-profit, all of our excess revenue will be invested locally in workforce development, job training, aid for communities of concern, and training and employing local workers.”

In March, SDCP launched renewable energy procurement services for municipal customers. Residential service will begin rolling out in February 2022. SDCP customers can change service levels or opt-out of the service at any time. SDG&E will continue to deliver power, manage monthly billing and customer service and provide ongoing system maintenance.

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs were enabled by state legislation as part of the solution to the 2001 energy crisis, allowing local communities to control the energy they buy and address constraints on competition that contributed to the problem. Locally-elected officials govern CCAs with consistent input from a Community Advisory Council. All decisions on energy procurement, rates, and reinvestment are made at open meetings giving member city residents and businesses a voice in energy choices.

There are currently 23 CCAs operating successfully across California and providing reliable service to more than 11 million customers in more than 200 cities and counties.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SAN)

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the U.S. and the third busiest airport in California. In 2019, SAN welcomed 25- million passengers and offered nonstop flights to destinations worldwide. The airport is an economic driver for the region, contributing nearly $12 billion in economic activity in 2019 and supports nearly 116,600 jobs. With anticipated passenger growth in the future, the Airport Authority is continuing progress with the New T1 program that will replace Terminal 1 with a larger, more efficient facility and other improvements that enhance the airport experience. The airport is managed and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. For more information, please visit san.org.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY POWER

San Diego Community Power (SDCP) is a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) committed to providing municipalities, businesses, and residents in the five member cities with clean, renewable energy at competitive rates and investing in innovative programs that benefit the environment and the economy in our communities. SDCP will source cleaner electricity services for approximately 770,000 customer accounts in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, and San Diego. Learn more at www.sdcommunitypower.org.

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California Community Power Appoints Tim Haines as Interim General Manager

California Community Power Appoints Tim Haines as Interim General Manager

Industry veteran brings over 30 years of experience to oversee continued development of new joint powers agency and long-duration storage procurement

Sunnyvale, Calif.June 17, 2021 –  Tim Haines has been appointed as the Interim General Manager of California Community Power. In addition to directing the agency’s operations, he will oversee the procurement of cost-effective clean energy and reliability resources, with an emphasis on long duration storage.

As the Interim General Manager, Haines will leverage over three decades of experience in resource procurement and planning to advance the California Community Power goal of providing affordable, reliable and clean energy for its 3 million customers throughout California.

Haines started his career in energy at Sacramento Municipal Utility District, where he contracted for critical reliability projects and pioneered the Joint Powers Agency (JPA) model for financing and construction of these power plants. During the California energy crisis 20 years ago, Haines contributed to the State of California’s response and contracted for over 10,000 MW of new flexible energy resources, including new renewable power. Haines has since demonstrated strategic leadership in navigating public agencies through dynamic and emerging energy challenges as Deputy General Manager of State Water Contractors and Deputy Director of the California Department of Water Resources.

“The Community Choice Aggregators that created California Community Power have made remarkable progress in delivering carbon free supply and demand solutions to the communities they serve. It is a logical next step for the agency’s members to also advance solutions to decarbonize the power plants that maintain reliability of the grid. I look forward to being part of the success of this customer-centered effort by California Community Power,” said Haines.

“Tim’s approach to strategic management, informed by his extensive expertise in power procurement and energy markets, will further elevate the effectiveness and impact of the agency,” said Girish Balachandran, Silicon Valley Clean Energy CEO and California Community Power Board Chair. “His deep understanding and experience with California regulators, electric utilities, and the business community positions him well to enhance the procurement of clean, reliable energy to benefit the 145 municipalities represented by the 10 members of California Community Power.”

Haines replaces the agency’s first Interim General Manager, Jim Shetler who the Board recognized by adopting a resolution at the June 16 board meeting.

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About California Community Power
California Community Power is a Joint Powers Agency comprised of ten California Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs). The agency allows its member CCAs to combine their buying power to procure new, cost-effective clean energy and reliability resources to continue advancing local and state climate goals. California Community Power members represent over 3 million customers across more than 145 municipalities spanning from Humboldt County to Santa Barbara County. Learn more at cacommunitypower.org.

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Lyft, Peninsula Clean Energy Launch Electric Vehicle Ride-Hailing Program

                                       

 

 

Lyft, Peninsula Clean Energy Launch Electric Vehicle Ride-Hailing Program

First California pilot will make EVs available to drivers on the Lyft platform

REDWOOD CITY, CA – June 15, 2021 – Lyft and its rental car partner Flexdrive are joining with Peninsula Clean Energy to expand electric vehicle (EV) use in ride-hailing in San Mateo County and beyond.

As part of the Ride-Hail Electrification Pilot Program, a first-of-its-kind program in California launching this fall, Peninsula Clean Energy will provide $500,000 for a rental incentive to ride-hailing drivers to make the cost of renting an EV comparable to a gasoline-powered vehicle.

The program will also ensure EV onboarding for drivers; collect detailed driver utilization and charging data that can better inform and facilitate further expansion among the ride-hailing fleet; and test and help create recommendations for further efforts.

The initial goal of the pilot program is to expand EV use to roughly 100 Lyft vehicles used in San Mateo County. By doing so, the program will prevent 200,000 gallons of gas usage, thousands of tons of greenhouse gases, and save ride-hail drivers more than $750,000 in combined cost.

“At Lyft, we’ve committed to reaching 100% electric vehicles on the network by 2030 and partnerships like our collaboration with Peninsula Clean Energy will help propel us toward our goal,” said Jon Walker, Sustainability Policy Manager, Lyft. “Through this program, we can make EVs more accessible and help ensure that their benefits are distributed equitably and experienced by drivers and communities.”

“Partnering with Lyft and Flexdrive in this pilot effort represents a big opportunity to reduce a significant source of heat-trapping emissions in our region,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “We believe this can eventually lead to a far greater number of ride-hailing and other drivers on the road who will opt for cleaner electrified transportation options.”

About Lyft

Lyft was founded in 2012 and is one of the largest transportation networks in the United States and Canada. As the world shifts away from car ownership to transportation-as-a-service, Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change. Our transportation network brings together rideshare, bikes, scooters, car rentals and transit all in one app. We are singularly driven by our mission: to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency. It is the official electricity provider for San Mateo County and, beginning in 2022, for the City of Los Banos. Founded in 2016 with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the county, the agency serves 295,000 customers by providing more than 3,500 gigawatt hours annually of electricity that is 100 percent carbon-free and at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in our communities to expand access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy is on track to deliver electricity that is 100 percent renewable by 2025. The agency has earned investment grade credit ratings from Moody’s and Fitch. Follow us at PenCleanEnergy.com, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Sonoma Clean Power Debuts Advanced Energy Center in Downtown Santa Rosa

Sonoma Clean Power Debuts Advanced Energy Center in Downtown Santa Rosa

California Energy Commission Grant Produces First-of-its-Kind Physical Location Showcasing the Latest Energy-Efficient Technologies for Home and Business

(06-16-2021) Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has officially opened the Advanced Energy Center in downtown Santa Rosa. The Advanced Energy Center, made possible in part through a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), creates an interactive educational experience that brings clean, energy-saving solutions directly to SCP customers.

In 2018, SCP was awarded a $9.8M grant from the CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program to turn the idea of the Advanced Energy Center into a reality. EPIC is the state’s premier clean energy research and development program investing more than $130 million annually in projects that advance the environmental sustainability, reliability, and affordability of the electric system.

“What Sonoma Clean Power is doing with the Advanced Energy Center is a bold and groundbreaking model for others,” said CEC Chair David Hochschild. “The Energy Commission is proud to support this effort to bring the climate-friendly cooking experience and new construction technologies directly to interested Californians. This type of education and awareness is critical as the state doubles down on reducing emissions from buildings by using clean energy to power more things.”

While the Advanced Energy Center is not a retail store, customers can seamlessly connect directly with manufacturers, as well as certified installation professionals, to bring their retrofit projects to life. From induction stovetops to heat pump water heaters, smart thermostats and ventilation systems, the Advanced Energy Center provides visitors with a hands-on tutorial in moving away from gas-fueled appliances to more sustainable, cleaner, and long-term cost saving options. Additionally, SCP customers are eligible for incentives, including 0% interest on-bill financing of up to $10,000.

Several of the technologies and appliances featured within the Advanced Energy Center were first vetted by the Grant’s initial research phase, “Lead Locally,” in which SCP retrofitted 43 homes and 18 businesses with advanced energy technologies for free, minus installation costs. SCP was able to measure and compare the efficiency and performance of these new products in real-life situations and continues to collect data from these sites.

“Clean energy is for everyone, and that’s really what we want to demonstrate through our Advanced Energy Center,” said Geof Syphers, SCP’s Chief Executive Officer. “By making these technologies familiar, attractive, and accessible, we can equip our customers with the information and incentives they need to be part of the solution. We know people want to save energy and help the climate, but it’s not always easy to figure out how. The Advanced Energy Center will help ensure everyone has a chance to upgrade their homes in ways that help us transition to a healthier, clean energy future.”

The public is invited to explore displays of new technologies, attend virtual and in-person energy-related workshops and classes, watch induction cooking demonstrations by local chefs, enjoy flexible financing options for upgrading their homes or businesses, and take a deeper look at the benefits of being an SCP customer.

Added Syphers, “The Advanced Energy Center marks an entirely new venture for SCP, the CEC, and the State, and sets the stage for Sonoma and Mendocino counties to lead the transition toward highly efficient clean energy homes and buildings.”

Since its launch in 2014 as the local public power provider, SCP has spearheaded several incentive offerings and community efforts aimed at solving the climate crisis. In addition to its default energy service, CleanStart, which is 50% renewable compared to PG&E’s 29% renewable default service (and 97% carbon-free), SCP customers can choose to upgrade to EverGreen, the only 100% renewable, locally produced energy service in the United States operating 24/7 – both day and night. SCP also accelerated the local adoption of electric vehicles through its successful three-year Drive EV incentive program, which helped over 1,250 customers make the switch.

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About Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma Clean Power is the public power provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. We contract with cleaner generating sources that have fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and provide power to residents, businesses, and municipalities in our service territory at rates competitive with PG&E. Climate change affects everyone, so our services are designed for everyone. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.

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MCE Adopts Resolution Committing to Advance Racial Equity

MCE Adopts Resolution Committing to Advance Racial Equity

Resolution Furthers MCE’s Energy Equity Values

On May 20, 2021, MCE’s Board of Directors approved Resolution No 2021-04 Committing to Advance Racial Equity. This decision further solidifies MCE’s long-standing commitment to deepen and foster prominent equity values into the agency’s work. The resolution acknowledges the persistence of institutionalized racial inequities and seeks to address them by continuously improving and implementing inclusive policies across the organization. One key pathway identified in the resolution is to deepen our efforts to systematically incorporate diverse voices and feedback from customers and community-based organizations that are conducting valuable racial equity work.

The resolution also states that MCE will continue to work toward more equitable outcomes in energy services, customer programs, and power procurement by recruiting racial equity organizations and engaging with them through the Community Power Coalition. MCE will continue to provide agency wide training to educate employees on implicit bias and racial equity with a goal to enhance internal and external policies, practices, and programs that dismantle racial disparities.

“We are proud of what MCE has accomplished over the last ten years and acknowledge the unique opportunity MCE has as a local government agency to be aligned with and directed by elected community members.” said Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO. “We also recognize that an enormous joint effort is needed if we are to successfully address the historic legacies of racism that influence institutionalized power. This resolution is just one additional step MCE is taking to address energy equity in our service area.”

As part of this resolution, MCE will join the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a networking and joint project of the new Race Forward and the Othering and Belonging Institute, to better align our policies and programs with best practices for multi-jurisdictional government agencies.

MCE’s past energy equity efforts include:

Income-qualified energy efficiency, electric vehicle, and solar rebate programs.

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About MCE: As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to more than 540,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitter and Instagram.

Lancaster Choice Energy: Excessive Heat Warning Through the Week Calls for Safety Measures and Energy Conservation Flex Alert

Lancaster Choice Energy: Excessive Heat Warning Through the Week Calls for Safety Measures and Energy Conservation Flex Alert

Lancaster, CA. June 15, 2021 – An excessive heat warning has been issued in the Antelope Valley and other parts of Los Angeles County. Temperatures are expected to rise into the triple digits beginning Monday, June 14 through Sunday, June 20. The community is urged to take safety precautions and to conserve energy as much as possible.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation between the hours of 4 to 9 p.m.

The community can actively help to conserve energy, prevent electric service interruptions, and avoid more serious system emergencies by pre-cooling their homes at 72 degrees overnight and in the early morning hours and setting the air conditioner at 78 degrees or higher during the day between 4 to 9 p.m. Consumers can also avoid major appliance use, turn off any unnecessary lights, unplug unused electrical devices, close blinds and drapes, use fans when possible, and limit the time the refrigerator door is open.

Also, in response to the excessive heat warning, the City of Lancaster has opened Cooling Centers at the following locations:

  • The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), located at 665 W. Lancaster Blvd, is open through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Lancaster Library, located at 601 W. Lancaster Blvd. 93534, is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and they are open on Tuesday from 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Gen. William J. Fox Airfield, located at 4555 W. Avenue G 93536, is open Monday- Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests are expected to comply with all LA County Public Health safety guidelines. These centers provide members of the public who lack air conditioning at home with relief from the heat, free of charge. For a full list of cooling centers open throughout LA County, please visit ready.lacounty.gov/heat.

The City encourages the community to always take proper precautions in order to remain healthy during the intense hot weather. The recommendations below can help to prevent heat exhaustion, heat strokes or other heat-related illnesses.

  • Avoid the sun – stay indoors from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – 2 to 4 glasses of water every hour during times of extreme heat.
  • Replace salt and minerals – sweating removes salt and minerals from your body, so replenish these nutrients with low sugar fruit juices or sports drinks during exercise or when working outside. Avoid alcohol.
  • Pace yourself – reduce physical activity and avoid exercising outdoors during peak heat hours.
  • Wear appropriate clothing – wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors.
  • Stay cool indoors during peak hours – If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and/or visit a County Emergency Cooling Center.
  • Monitor those at high risk – check on elderly neighbors, family members and friends who do not have air conditioning. Infants and children up to 4 years old, people who overexert during work (e.g. construction workers) and people 65 years and older are at the highest risk of heat-related illnesses.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
  • Keep pets indoors – heat also affects pets. If they will be outside, make sure they have plenty of water and a shaded area to help them keep cool.

Central Coast Community Energy Requests Qualified Vendors for Local Energy Storage Resiliency Projects

Central Coast Community Energy Requests Qualified Vendors for Local Energy Storage Resiliency Projects

Localized Battery Storage Opportunity to Enlist Local Energy Vendors and Balance Agency’s Buildout of New Large-Scale Regional Renewable Plus Storage Projects

Monterey, CA. June 15, 2021 – Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) today announced its intention to deploy local energy storage projects throughout the Central Coast as part of its procurement effort to develop “front of the meter” (FoTM) grid-connected energy storage between 1 and 5 Mega Watts (MW) allowing Central Coast Community Energy to shift the availability of renewable energy from mid-day to peak demand evening hours. As step one, Central Coast Community Energy today released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking interested qualified energy storage developers.

Central Coast Community Energy expects to select or pre-qualify one or more energy storage developers through the Local Energy Storage Resiliency Project RFQ and looks forward to sparking conversations with developers regarding potential sites and projects. Pre-qualified vendors will be provided a list of potential sites, based on the agency’s own independent assessment and outreach. Central Coast Community Energy plans to host an RFQ Respondents Webinar on July 13, 2021, at 1pm and the deadline for developers to submit their proposal is August 2, 2021, at 5PM.

“Central Coast Community Energy has an opportunity to improve our deployment of clean and renewable energy, foster local economic opportunities and help stabilize California’s grid by adding local distributed energy storage to our mix of resources.” shares Central Coast Community Energy CEO, Tom Habashi. “Localized energy storage has the capacity to improve local, regional and statewide energy resiliency.”

In addition to improving energy availability during peak demand hours, local energy storage resiliency FoTM projects may also be able to provide backup power to the site host during grid power outages. Smaller local FoTM energy storage projects reduce the need for large-scale battery fields located out of the service area while supporting local economic development through smaller storage resources distributed throughout CCCE’s Central Coast service area.

The Local Energy Storage Resiliency Project is the third local generation and storage project requests for proposals or qualifications issued by CCCE since it became the region’s primary electricity generation provider in 2018. The second request recently produced seven short-listed local generation project proposals in response to a January Request for Proposals (RFP) including renewable generation with or without battery storage, plus standalone storage. Proposal finalists represent 100MW of solar generation as well as 110MW of storage development via proposed projects across Monterey, San Benito, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz Counties. Separately, the agency is successfully helping to build an additional 60MW of local battery storage at the Cal Flats solar array in Monterey County.

CCCE has also made gains on large-scale renewable generation, having contracted for more than 600MW of solar generation, most of which includes a storage component and incrementally adding to the State’s renewable resources while contributing to improved grid reliability and stability; two areas of critical importance for California. CCCE has also secured additional long-term power purchase agreements for California renewable geothermal energy which provides baseload 24/7 renewable energy to the grid.

Evaluating the cost effectiveness of smaller scale local generation with large-scale projects is part of CCCE’s long-term power procurement strategy, an innovative pathway which will see the industry leader meet 100% of its power needs through clean and renewable energy by 2030, 15 years ahead of the state’s goals.

“Just as CCAs have pioneered a model for supplying electricity through clean energy innovations and community benefits, Central Coast Community Energy is leading the way for accelerated progress and greater impact through our procurement strategy,” shares CCCE CEO, Tom Habashi. “As we continue meeting and exceeding agency goals for GHG reduction and local economic stimulation, we must also continue adjusting to energy market conditions which change on an almost daily basis. Above all, we must balance all opportunities, local and regional projects so we can deliver economic and environmental benefits to all of our customers. Large and small, agricultural, commercial, and residential.”

Looking ahead, CCCE is finalizing the list of proposed energy program concepts for the 2021-2022 fiscal year including programs that would help advance the use of battery storage for both customers who produce energy on-site and for those who don’t. Local distributed energy and battery storage resources located throughout the Central Coast would improve grid stability in California with the potential to improve local energy resiliency.

In addition to accepting energy programs feedback via email at programs@3ce.org, CCCE staff will host the final in a series of Energy Programs Workshops at noon on June 24 to discuss the final list of recommended programs for the next fiscal year. Learn more at www.3cenergy.org/energy-programs/.

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About Central Coast Community Energy

Central Coast Community Energy is a public agency that sources competitively priced electricity from clean and renewable energy resources. Central Coast Community Energy is locally controlled and governed by board members who represent each community served by the agency. Revenue generated by Central Coast Community Energy stays local and helps keep electricity rates affordable for customers, while also funding innovative energy programs designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic development. Central Coast Community Energy serves more than 400,000 customers throughout the Central Coast, including residential, commercial and agricultural customers in communities located within Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more at 3CEnergy.org and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @3CEnergy.

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Shelly Whitworth
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swhitworth@3CE.org

East Bay Community Energy Begins Service in New Service Areas on Third Anniversary 

East Bay Community Energy Begins Service in New Service Areas on Third Anniversary 

Community choice energy program also announces millions in customer savings while donating to local community COVID-19 relief efforts.

Oakland, CA – June 8, 2021 –  East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the public agency that provides electricity generation service throughout most of Alameda County, today announced service has started in Newark, Pleasanton, and Tracy. EBCE also announced today that in their first three years, customers have saved more than $26 million dollars on their PG&E bills. Lastly, EBCE released details on their local COVID-19 relief efforts. EBCE was formed by Alameda County and 11 of its partner cities in 2018, and marks their third anniversary in June.

“It is remarkable to witness what EBCE has accomplished in three years. From including new communities, like Tracy where I live, within their service area to funding local COVID-19 relief efforts, EBCE’s demonstrated a deep commitment to the greater East Bay. EBCE consistently goes above and beyond their role as a public power agency,” said William Muetzenberg, a member of EBCE’s Community Advisory Committee. “As a Tracy resident, I welcome their service in my community.”

When launched in 2018, EBCE started with 11 cities in Alameda County. Today, EBCE celebrates officially beginning service in Newark, Pleasanton, and Tracy. Residents and businesses in these cities now have access to EBCE’s Bright Choice and Renewable 100 programs. Each program offers a different mix of renewable energy including wind, solar, and hydropower. Customers in these new service areas will benefit from green energy at low rates.

For the last three years, EBCE has been steadfastly committed to supporting the East Bay community. Since 2018, they have provided the following donations and relief:

  • In 2020, EBCE donated more than $2 million to local organizations. The Alameda County Food Bank and Meals on Wheels received a combined $175,000 to support food distribution to low-income and senior community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, EBCE was one of Meals on Wheels’ top three donors. EBCE also donated to various local hospitals to assist with PPE procurement and vaccine distribution efforts. A complete list of donations distributed during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here: https://ebce.org/covid-19-response/.
  • EBCE has provided sponsorships to more than 50 local groups, from little-league teams to robotics clubs to civic orchestras. Most recently, EBCE sponsored Sunhower Hill, a Pleasanton program supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A complete list of sponsorships is available here: https://ebce.org/community-sponsorships/.
  • EBCE has given hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to community-based organizations. Recent grant recipients include Ecology Action and Re-volv. Ecology Action designed an Electric Vehicle charging program for low to moderate income residents in EBCE’s service areas and Re-volv installed a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. A partial list is available here: https://ebce.org/community-innovation-grants/

Since launching, EBCE has saved customers more than $26 million dollars. In 2020 alone, EBCE saved customers $10 million dollars with their Bright Choice program.This program offers residential and business customers at least 5% more renewable energy than PG&E forecasts at rates 1% below PG&E. Bright Choice provides customers with cleaner energy at a lower cost.

“EBCE prioritizes our residents and businesses in times of need. At the core of our organization is a deep sense of community partnership. We will continue to support and reinvest in our local communities.” said Nick Chaset, CEO of EBCE. “As we celebrate our third anniversary, we are also thrilled to expand into the cities of Newark, Pleasanton, and Tracy. The more local communities we serve, the more renewable energy we bring into the Bay Area with the ultimate goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2030.”

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About East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)

EBCE is a not-for-profit public agency that operates a Community Choice Energy program for Alameda County and fourteen incorporated cities, serving more than 630,000 residential and commercial customers throughout the county. EBCE initiated service in June 2018 and expanded to the cities of Pleasanton, Newark, and Tracy in April 2021. As one of 19 community choice aggregation (CCA) programs operating in California, EBCE is part of the movement to expedite the climate action goals of their communities and those of California. EBCE is committed to providing clean power at competitive rates while reinvesting in our local communities. For more information about East Bay Community Energy, visit ebce.org.

CONTACT

Dan Lieberman

dlieberman@ebce.org

925-579-1591