Who We Are and What We Do
At Valley Clean Energy, our mission is to provide clean electricity, product choice, and greenhouse gas emission reductions—all with local control at competitive prices.
Valley Clean Energy Alliance—or VCE—is the official electricity provider for customers in the cities of Woodland, Winters, and Davis, and unincorporated Yolo County. We’re a not-for-profit public agency, which means that we’re working 100% for our customers.
VCE offers a choice in electricity suppliers for the first time ever. It also keeps program control and revenues right here at home, where we can create jobs and build local clean energy installations—as many other programs just like ours have already done. We’ll reinvest dollars to boost our local economy while taking control of our clean energy future.
Like all Community Choice programs, VCE is an “opt out program,” with automatic enrollment. But you can always opt out if you’d prefer not to participate.
How Did This Come About?
In 2002, a California law authorized cities and counties to form Community Choice Aggregation/Energy programs (or CCA/CCE) enabling them to purchase electricity on behalf of their residents and businesses. Transmission/delivery, customer service, and billing remain under the management of the local investor owned utility—in our case, that’s PG&E. Programs like VCE are “greening the grid,” so that everyone’s electricity is cleaner and less polluting.
It’s an idea that’s catching on, as communities all over the state are seeing the positive difference CCA programs are making. Each program is formed by its own locally designated authorities, who determine specific program benefits with their particular constituents in mind.
VCE was launched in June 2018, when we became one of over 20 operational CCA programs in the state—all of which are offering their customers electricity that’s cleaner and less polluting. And it’s all competitively priced.
Why is CCA so Popular?
There are many benefits to a CCA program. Some are universal, and others are tailored to the priorities of the communities they serve.
Universal Benefits include:
- Choice in your electricity provider
- Cleaner electricity
- Choice in your renewable content percentage
- Local program control
- Revenues that are reinvested in our communities
VCE oﬀers all of these beneﬁts to our customers right now. And we’re working on more.
Is there a Downside?
We don’t think so. VCE provides the benefits above at no extra cost to customers. Our automatic enrollment means no hassle to qualify or sign up. And if you don’t want to be part of the program, you can simply opt out.
With over 20 operational programs already serving more than 10 million California customers, CCA is providing a clear path to a well-managed, economically beneficial, clean energy future. That’s why there are dozens more in planning stages throughout the state and nation.
Maybe you have questions about the program. We’ve tried to answer some of the most commonly asked questions here.