We all have strong opinions about energy—for today and tomorrow. Here are some of ours, offered by the VCE Board members and Community Advisory Committee members.
5 Budget-friendly Ideas to Keep Cool in Late Summer While Reducing Energy Consumption at Home
It’s no secret that even late summer can be hot in California. Known for its heat waves, Californians are no strangers to Flex Alerts this time of year and the need to stay cool. We have five budget-friendly ideas to help you stay cool this month and use less energy at home,(read more)
A Look Back on 5 Years of Service
Valley Clean Energy is proud to be the clean electricity provider for Yolo County. Over the past five years we’ve grown to serve over 60,000 customers and fulfilled our mission to provide clean electricity, product choice, and greenhouse gas emission reductions — all with local control at competitive prices. Since inception we’ve hit the ground(read more)
10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient for Summer
Have you ever noticed that your home seems to hold in heat during the summer? Is your air conditioner constantly running to keep your home cool? Not only can energy bills rise with the temperatures, the demand on the power grid is much greater. Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a sound investment that can(read more)
Stacking Electric Vehicle Rebates Can Make EVs Accessible
Electric vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, simple to charge, and cost less to fuel and maintain – not to mention being better for the environment, especially when powered by the clean energyValley Clean Energy (VCE) provides. That’s why VCE is supporting customers in the transition by providing rebates for EVs.The initial cost of switching(read more)
Income-qualified Valley Clean Energy Customers May Benefit from California Electric Bicycle Incentive Program Coming Soon
Our region is a demonstrated leader in fostering bicycling as an alternative method of transportation. As the first city in the nation to legislate and standardize bike lanes, Davis is known as the “Bicycle Capital of America.” Electric bikes, or e-bikes, are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation in California. With the ability to(read more)
VALLEY CLEAN ENERGY PUTS THE POWER BACK INTO THE HANDS OF WINTERS COMMUNITY MEMBERS
By Jesse Loren, Winters City Council member and VCE Board member
Starting in January, Winters residents and businesses will take a giant step toward a more sustainable energy future as the community becomes a full-fledged member of the Valley Clean Energy Alliance. The City of Winters and Mayor Cowan and I have been representing Winters on(read more)
In Celebration of VCE’s 2-year Anniversary
As Valley Clean Energy reaches its two-year anniversary, memories of my role in its formation keep popping into my head.
Way back in 2002, it was my job as a lobbyist representing a statewide association of cities to advocate on behalf of cities before the California Legislature. This included the legislation that became law and authorizes cities and counties to buy electricity on behalf of their residents and businesses.(read more)
WHAT A YEAR IT’S BEEN!
The end of each calendar year offers an opportunity to sit back and reflect on the goals reached over the past 12 months and to look forward to a new year of possibilities and challenges.
At Valley Clean Energy — your local not-for-profit electricity provider— we’re working hard to fulfill our mission to deliver clean(read more)
A Reflection on High Summer Utility Bills
It’s been a long hot summer, but those cool autumn days aren’t too far off… And thanks to Valley Clean Energy, local electricity customers are not paying any more to run their air-conditioners than they would have paid under PG&E. At the same time, they are reaping the environmental benefits of a greener energy portfolio.
Community choice programs like VCE can keep their rates competitive by buying electricity through a process that encourages private energy companies to compete to provide clean, renewable power.(read more)
Community Choice Energy: One Part of the Solution to Climate Change
Climate change is here. The impacts are becoming ever more serious. Fossil fuel combustion is the main cause. We need to lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions rapidly. Community Choice Energy programs such as VCEA can be part of the solution.
Sea level rise, increased drought and floods, higher temperatures and more devastating wildfires are among a number of indicators that have been telling us for quite a number of years that climate change is impacting our lives, our health and our ecosystems.(read more)