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Your Call: How are communities regaining control over their energy from big utilities?

Max D
Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California


On the August 13th edition of Your Call, we talk about community power. 

In Northern California, most of us get our energy from PG&E. In 2002, California passed the Community Choice Aggregation bill, which gives cities and counties more energy options. But today there are still only three functioning CCAs in the state: Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power, and most recently Lancaster Choice Energy. What will it take for communities to gain control of their energy choices?

Frank Wolak, is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics and the Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University. 

Monica Padilla is a Senior Resource Planner with the City of Palo Alto Utilities

Ted Ko is Director of Policy at Stem

Web Resources:

Washington Post: Mapping how the United States Generates its electricity

Frontline: The Roots of the [2000 Energy] Crisis

US Energy Information Administration: California Profile

greentech solar: Growing Community Energy Efforts Are Shifting the Utility Model in California

enviornment360:  Surge in Renewables Remakes California's Energy Landscape