A Different Way to Buy Power
Did you know there’s an alternative to buying electricity from Pacific Gas & Electric? Cities throughout San Mateo County are exploring a concept called Community Choice Energy (CCE) that already saves money for residents in Napa and Sonoma Counties and offers them more energy options, including higher renewable energy content.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will be holding a study session on Community Choice Energy (CCE) and the results of the Draft Peninsula Clean Energy Technical Study (Technical Study) on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 10am in the Board Chambers at:
Hall of Justice and Records
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
Additionally, there are two community workshops where there will be a presentation by County staff on Community Choice Energy, to learn how it works. The workshops are as follows:
- 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ City of Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063
- 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. @ Burlingame Library Lane Room, 480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010 (co-hosted with the Citizen's Environmental Council Burlingame)
Details about the community meetings will be posted on the Office of Sustainability website.
County staff will explain why the County is exploring CCE and the formation of a program that would allow customers to choose between buying electricity from a CCE program called Peninsula Clean Energy or PG&E. Peninsula Clean Energy customers would receive multiple electricity options with different mixes of energy content (such as solar, wind or hydro), at prices competitive with PG&E. Although prices may fluctuate, other counties that have created CCE programs have offered electricity at lower rates than PG&E and have invested in local renewable energy sources.
Additionally, County staff will make a presentation on CCE at an Atherton City Council Study Session to be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 4pm in the City Council Chambers.
For more information about the proposal to offer CCE in San Mateo County, visit the county’s website here: https://green.smcgov.org/community-choice-energy