Sonoma Clean Power, utilities face battle over energy costs

May 14, 2017

With eight community choice aggregate programs already in effect, and another 22 planned across California, CCAs are becoming an important part of California's energy infrastructure. However, energy experts are questioning whether the existing programs have actually reduced GHG emissions, noting that many public programs haven't invested in new renewable power but have instead purchased "clean energy credits" from existing renewable power projects to offset coal and natural gas sources. Utility customers are concerned that they are ultimately subsidizing CCAs through higher energy rates mandated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Both sides agree that the state’s current approach to dividing up those costs isn’t working.

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