To combat climate change, California must wean buildings off fossil fuels

In communities throughout California, we’re seeing dramatic progress in the decarbonization of our electrical grid. Part of the credit goes to the growth of community choice aggregation programs, which allow residents and businesses to choose the source of the electricity they buy. San José Clean Energy, for example, offers nearly every residential customer and many businesses 80 percent carbon-free electricity at a lower cost than the private utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. By 2021, our base offering will consist of 100 percent carbon-free electricity through a rapid ramp-up of contracts with renewable providers.

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