23 Jul '11, 12pm

How to power homes with 100% clean and increasingly local power

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project . After 10 years of battling incumbent utilities, Marin Clean Energy became California's first operational community choice aggregation (CCA) authority in 2010. Already, local ratepayers can opt to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources. CCA offers an option for cities, counties, and collaborations to opt out of the traditional role of energy consumers. Instead, they can become the local retail utility, buying electricity in bulk and selecting their power providers on behalf of their citizens in order to find lower prices or cleaner energy (or even reduce energy demand). Marin Clean Energy started operations last year : "When it launched last fall, Marin Energy Authority’s goal was to offer 20 percent renewable energy ...

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