Clean Energy Program
350 Bay Area is excited to be a part of the Clean Energy movement happening around the country. We’re focused on pushing for an advanced community energy model to help California reach its climate goals, through three strategies:
- Consulting with 350 Bay Area Action Legislative Team to help find and push for legislation to raise the threshold for how much electricity in California must come from renewable sources that are mostly local.
- Advocating for policies and regulations that support rooftop solar, microgrids, and other distributed energy resources that get fastest possible move to 100% Renewable Clean Energy, in a socially equitable way, at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
- Supporting expansion of community choice energy programs that will advance clean energy locally
Issues we work on
Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs have started up everywhere in the Bay Area and much of California now, providing a way to get more clean, renewable energy into the grid faster than what investor-owned utilities (IOU's) can by themselves. Above you see the very...
(Last update – Sept. 5, 2021) We are very close to the end of the very disappointing 2021 legislative season. We had helped identify which bills will do the most for clean energy with the 350 Bay Area Action Legislative Team. There were many bills this year that had...
350 Bay Area was part of the successful coalition (picture above is of thousands of petitions being delivered to the CPUC) that won the preservation of net energy metering (NEM) in California back in early 2016. Right now it is being reconsidered in a new rulemaking...
Our campaign grew out the enthusiasm and great science of one of its well-known scientist Board Members, Mark Jacobson, who gave the keynote speech at our Climate Conference in March 2014, which the large crowd there gave him a rousing standing ovation for. You can watch it Here. And you can watch the panel discussion with him that followed his talk, moderated by Greg Dalton of the Commonwealth Club’s Climate One, with Miya Yoshitani of APEN, Dan Jacobson from Environment CA, and Greg Thomson, at the time, from Clean Coalition Here
Mark Jacobson, from nearby Stanford, has a plan for California that he talked about in the above video that is in this peer-reviewed article
OTHER ARTICLES and REPORTS
Toward a more decentralized energy delivery model: Lorenzo Kristov’s Bottom Up Energy Revolution – April 2019
The Emissions Gap Report 2019 a UN Synthesis Report This report brought in November shows the discrepancy between the goal of keeping world temperatures under 1.5 degrees C and what countries have said and are actually doing. It is pretty scientific but interesting.
California – Where we are Now (2019 est.): Percentage of energy for RPS Renewables (Solar and Wind and all Carbon-Free Energy)
The Technology Path to Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts by 2050: The Pivotal Role of Electricity This paper looks at the infrastructure and technology path required to meet California’s goal of an 80% reduction below 1990 CO2 levels, using detailed modeling of infrastructure stocks, resource constraints, and electricity system operability.
- California Alliance for Community Energy
- California Community Choice Association
- Californians for Energy Choice
National Organization (home office in Mill Valley, CA): LeanEnergyUS
Community Choice Programs in the Bay Area – If you have not chosen the highest level of renewable energy, call them and choose that level to move the state to its climate goals faster. You can check the 4th page of your PG&E bill to find out which one is yours and what level you are subscribed at.
- Marin Clean Energy
- Sonoma Clean Power
- Peninsula Clean Energy
- Silicon Valley Clean Energy
- East Bay Community Energy