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-- Athol Daily news (Massachusetts): Forum on large battery storage and solar fields (March 22, 2024)

-- iBerkshires (Massachusetts): North Berkshire Waste District Interested In Hydrogen Facility Project (January 22, 2024)

-- The Republican (Massachusetts): A cleaner way to process trash? This Western Mass. company says it has a plan (alt: no paywall at MSN) (January 13, 2024)

-- Orange County Register (California): OC Power Authority sees greener pastures ahead after rough first year: startup offering O.C. residents cleaner electricity shows progress in addressing issues raised by auditors (November 3, 2023)

-- Ithaca Times (New York): Competing with the NYSEG Monopoly: TGEN to Create Community Power at Lower Costs (July 12, 2023)

-- American Public Power Association: California Community Choice Aggregator Utilizes Second Pre-Pay Green Bond (June 27, 2023)

-- iBerkshires (Massachusetts): Waste-to-Hydrogen Technology Pitched to Williamstown Select Board (June 28, 2023)

-- TBR News Media (Long Island): Community Choice Aggregation: Town of Brookhaven joins energy revolution (March 9, 2023)

-- mynewsLA: Orange County Board Votes To Withdraw From Power Authority (December 21, 2022)

-- Orange County Register: New Report Details Mounting Problems at Orange County Power Authority (December 13, 2022)

-- Voice of Orange County: Bombshell County Audit Calls Out OC’s Green Power Agency (December 13, 2022)

-- Ithaca Voice: Ithaca Green New Deal: Enfield officials considering renewable energy program similar to Ithaca (September 16, 2022)

-- Ithaca Voice: IGND: Ithaca explores way to purchase renewable energy (May 23, 2022)

-- MIT News: New power sources: Thirty-six million people in the U.S. use an energy system developed by a handful of activists in the 1990s (February 22, 2022)

-- City of Ann Arbor: City of Ann Arbor Releases Report on Creating a Publicly Owned Sustainable Energy Utility (October 28, 2021)

-- MLive: DTE responds to Ann Arbor’s latest idea to create renewable energy utility (October 15, 2021)

-- Utility Dive: As utilities match CCAs on price, aggregators increase climate action, grow economies of scale to compete (May 4, 2021)

-- KBOO Radio - 90.7 fm in Portland, 104.3 fm in Corvallis, 91.9 fm in Hood River, Oregon : Paul Fenn on Community Energy: Universalized across the U.S. and the industrialized world, Community Energy, confederated in regions, could greatly reduce the existential threat of climate change. (May 3, 2021)

-- Microgrid Knowledge: New Partnership Bets on Waste-to-Hydrogen Microgrids (August 24, 2020)

-- Energy Live News: New partnership formed to develop hydrogen-fuelled microgrids - Ways2H and Local Power have joined forces for advanced microgrids powered by hydrogen generators, solar power, battery storage and heating automation (August 20, 2020)

Feature Stories on Local Power 2018-19

--Yale Climate Connection (New Haven, Connecticut): Community choice aggregation: A brief introduction (December 9, 2019)

--The Daily Freeman (New York): Community Choice Aggregation workshop offers information, guidelines (October 22, 2019)

--Utility Dive: As CCAs take over utility customers, local renewable generation emerges as the next big growth driver (October 8, 2019)

--Voice of San Diego: Once Scrappy Upstarts, Community Choice Agencies Could Become the New Power Monopoly (February 28, 2019)

--Winters Express: Express Investigates: The murky future of Valley Clean Energy (December 21, 2018)

--PV Magazine: California’s community has chosen 2 GW of renewables (November 27, 2018)

--Utility Dive: California decision means higher costs for community choice programs (October 12, 2018)

--Bloomberg: California Is Raising Costs for Defectors From Power Utilities (October 11, 2018)

--New Times San Luis Obispo: At last, Community Choice (October 04, 2018)

--The Desert Sun: Is California risking another energy crisis with community choice programs? (May 8, 2018)

--The Desert Sun: Rancho Mirage is now a power company, and the rest of California might follow its lead (January 18, 2018)

--Bloomberg Business Week: Paul Fenn Wants to Give Your Electric Company the Boot (January 9, 2018) Paywalled: View PDF version

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Feature Stories on Local Power 2016-17

--EcoMotion: Background on Community Choice Aggregation (May 24, 2017)

--California Alliance for Community Energy: CPUC Bias Favoring Monopoly Utilities Against Community Choice (March 31, 2017)

--Clean Power Exchange: Inventor of Community Choice Describes CCA 2.0 (August 30, 2016)

--The Portrero View: City Launches Clean Power Program (July, 2016)

--San Francisco Chronicle: Diablo Canyon closure shows California’s power grid is changing fast (July 2, 2016)

--EnergyWire: Meet the latest disruption for utilities: community power (June 9, 2016)

--The San Francisco Examiner: With strong enrollment in CleanPowerSF, focus shifts to renewable energy projects (March 4, 2016)

--FastCoexist: How Collective Energy Buying Is Helping Communities Go 100% Renewable (April 6, 2016)

--The Independent: Councils should use bonds to fund green infrastructure projects, says Lord Mayor of London - There is great potential for the UK to follow the Scandinavian or North America models (February 27, 2016)

--The San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. green energy program to launch May 1 (January 13, 2016)

--University of Freiburg: Understanding the regional process of energy transition in Marin County, California (January 12, 2016)

--The Desert Sun: Will Riverside County Ditch Southern California Edison? (January 8, 2016)

Feature Stories on Local Power 2014-2015

--Clean Energy Finance Forum (Yale Univ.): Clean-energy aggregation opens states’ imaginations (September 30, 2015)

--CleanTechnica: What brought Local Power to New York? (July 24, 2015)

--Pt. Reyes Light: Clean energy promises greener (July 23, 2015)

--Renewable Energy World: How New York is using local power & microgrids to transform the state (June 15, 2015)

--East Bay Express: Our local green future (June 10, 2015)

--Environmental Defense Fund Blog: Community Choice programs empower electricity customers in New York and beyond (June 4, 2015)

--TriplePundit: Renewable, local power options expand (May 15, 2015)

--Grist: California communities seize control of their energy futures (February 25, 2015)

--Saugerties Times: Remaking the power grid in New York State (February 17, 2015)

--New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: Governor Cuomo announces new clean energy initiatives to grow economy and protect the environment (December 12, 2014)

--San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. clean energy program could generate 8,100 jobs, report says (November 16, 2014)

--Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Sonoma County Leads way in expanding green power industry (October 23, 2014)

--North Bay Business Journal: Sonoma Clean Power flips switch for first customers (May 1, 2014)

--Pacific Sun: Upfront: The green light - MCE model inspires a Sonoma agency to form (April 25, 2014)

Feature Stories on Local Power 2012-2013

--Pacific Sun: Upfront: today Marin Clean Energy, tomorrow the world! (November 22, 2013)

--Press Democrat: PD Editorial: the promise of local power contracts (November 21, 2013)

--CleanTechnica: Boulder and the spread of Community Choice utilities (November 13, 2013)

--Truthout: A national example, San Francisco's green power plan still stalled by corporate interests a decade later (August 23, 2013)

--San Francisco Bay Guardian: Fizzling energy - Political stalemate impedes green power program (August 21, 2013)

--Renewable Energy Focus: Bid to build renewable energy generation facilities in San Francisco (August 6, 2013)

--Huffington Post: Clean Power Coming Soon to San Francisco (July 22, 2013)

--San Francisco Bay Guardian: Power struggles: New research by consultant Local Power shows CleanPowerSF could create 1,500 local jobs per year for 10 years (July 16, 2013)

--ABC News 10 San Diego: Ratepayers may have more energy choices: County supervisor wants to break SDG&E monopoly (June 25, 2013)

--San Francisco Weekly: Power Play: San Francisco's Plan for Clean, Local Energy Lacks One Detail: Everything (April 10, 2013)

--California Energy Markets: Why CleanPowerSF Could Fail (February 1, 2013)

--San Francisco Examiner: Successful launch of CleanPowerSF called into question (January 28, 2013)

--Eureka Times-Standard: Greener power for Arcata? City would be first in county to join program seeking alternative energy deals (January 11, 2013)

--Midwest Energy News: How Chicago’s municipal aggregation could be a boon for renewable energy (November 15, 2012)

--The Wall Street Journal: Cities take on utility role - Chicago and other communities buy cheaper, often cleaner energy for residents (November 12, 2012)

--Pacific Sun : Clean energy extends its cord - Marin's spark catches fire in San Francisco and beyond (September 21, 2012)

--EnergyBiz : San Francisco’s green rush getting started (September 20, 2012)

--San Francisco Chronicle : S.F. weighing green alternative to PG&E (September 16, 2012)

--San Francisco Bay Guardian : Harrington finally brings CleanPowerSF to City Hall, hoping his SFPUC legacy will be a city that produces its own renewable energy (August 28, 2012)

--Rock River Times (Illinois): Energy efficiency in Germany and the U.S. (July 25, 2012)

--Rock River Times : Community Choice Aggregation as envisioned by Paul Fenn (July 16, 2012)

--Point Reyes Light (Marin County): Marshall-based energy group localizes on power and profit (June 28, 2012)

--East Bay Express (Bay Area): When Will We Go Green? (May 30, 2012)

--The Arcata Eye (No. California): Energy Aggregation Could Widen Renewable Choices (February 27, 2012)

--The Daily Northwestern (Chicago): San Francisco company aims to localize renewable energy in Evanston (February 13, 2012)

--North County (San Diego) Times: Rebelling against SDG&E: Locals want alternative (Jannuary 28, 2012)

Feature Stories on Local Power 2010-2011

--San Francisco Daily Journal: San Francisco Explores Alternative Power Deal (December 22, 2011)

--Earth Techling: San Francisco Begins Down The All Clean Energy Path (December 9, 2011)

--Renew Grid (San Francisco): SFPUC gives Local Power green light For RFPs (November 28, 2011)

--The Bohemian (Sonoma) : The bottom line - green and cheap energy: Can Sonoma County have both? (November 23, 2011)

--San Francisco Daily Journal: Municipalities seek alternative to public utilities (November 16, 2011)

--The Anderson Valley Advertiser (Mendocino): Green, Cheap, Now: an interview with Paul Fenn of Local Power Inc. (November 5, 2011)

--Good Magazine: Local Power: Boulder considers moving off the grid (November 4, 2011)

--350.org: 350.org Endorses local power ballot measures in Boulder, Colorado (October 27, 2011)

--Sierra Club, Global Exchange, Local Clean Energy Alliance, Our City and Brightline Defense: Press Release: Environmental, Worker and Justice Groups Hail Breakthrough with CleanPowerSF Program (October 11, 2011)

--National Renewable Energy Laboratory Blog: The New(er) hids on the block: Community Choice Aggregators (August 29, 2011)

--The Boulder Daily Camera: Guest opinion: Localization is not municipalization (June 26, 2011)

--Renewable Energy World: CCA Local Power begins California expansion (June 1, 2011)

---The Bohemian: Voltage & Violets - How a public power agency in Sonoma County could revolutionize the grid (May 25, 2011)

--North Bay Business Journal: First Marin, now Sonoma moves on energy program (April 4, 2011)

--Huffington Post: Local Power for Boulder and beyond (December 18, 2010)

--The San Francisco Bay Citizen: SF courts bidders for new, greener power company (October, 2010)

--Sacramento Business Journal: Voters pull the plug on PG&E-backed proposition (June 2010)

--Marin Independent Journall: Legislation that made Marin Clean Energy possible emerged from chaos of deregulation (May 5, 2010)

---S.F. Business Times: Marin says 78% of its power is renewable (April 2010)

---Wall Street Journal: PG&E spending millions to block local utilities (2010)

Feature Stories on Local Power 2008-2009

--Sonoma County Press Release: $1 Million Renewable Energy Secure Communities Grant to Sonoma, Local Power Inc. (2009)

--New York Times: New group seeks to bring greener power to Marin (2009)

--National Public Radio - KQED San Francisco: Power struggle in Marin (2009)

--SF Weekly: Green scheme (2009)

--Good: Giving Power to the People (2009)

--Fast Company: Paul Fenn vs. PG&E (2008)

--Clean Tech / EnvirTrade: Sidestepping the utilities to go green (2008)

--Renewable Energy World: Financing green projects (2008)

--San Francisco Chronicle: Local communities reach for power over energy (2008)

--Terrain: Power to the people (2008)

Feature Stories on Local Power 1995-2004

--Renewable Energy World: San Francisco calls for 360 MW renewables (2004)

--East Bay Business Journal: Island utility inspires public power push (2004)

--Contra Costa Times: PUC OKs new utility guidelines (2004)

--Marin Independent Journal: Local leaders push energy authority (2002)

--San Francisco Chronicle: Power buying by cities gets Assembly OK (2001)

--Los Angeles Times: San Francisco envisions a solar city (2001)

--The Nation: California's deregulation disaster (2001)

--Contra Costa Sun: Advocate aims to paint local power green (2000)

--San Francisco Bay Guardian: Power to the people (1998)

--Electric Power Alert: Novel competition plan to allow muni bidding hits Massachusetts Legislature (1995)

Local Power Press Announcements

--Local Power Releases CCA 3.0 Program Design Launches Local Green New Deal project 2020

--New York Launches CCA Program: NYSERDA program support "to allow participating local governments to procure energy supply service and distributed energy resources (DER)"

--ECOreportLaunches Local Power Channel 2015: Environmental news service creates curated channel for Community Choice 2.0

--Local Power 2014 Press Release on CCA in New York State:Governor Cuomo initiative includes Community Choice Aggregation for New York State

Local Power 2013 Press Release on San Francisco's In-City Buildout Plans:San Francisco turns the corner as CleanPowerSF In-City Buildout Strategy takes hold

--Local Power Press Release on San Francisco Task Order:LPI receives green light to design and prepare major green electricity localization

--Local Power 2011 Press Release on Boulder Muni Vote:Boulder, Colorado voters approve green municipal utility

--Fenn 2010 Statement on Defeat of Prop 16:PG&E's campaign to stop Community Choice defeated

--Local Power Works 2009 Press Release 76% green bid to Marin Energy Authority

--Local Power 2007 Announcement San Francisco Prepares to Vote on Major “Energy Independence Plan”

--Local Power 2006 Announcement San Diego Plan Would Replace Power Plant With Solar, Wind Projects: Local Power Plan

--Local Power 2005 Announcement San Francisco Community Choice Implementation Plan Up for Vote at City Hall

--Local Power 2003 CPUC Testimony Local Power Joined by Greenpeace USA, Public Citizen, and Local Groups in RAGE Coalition Opposing CPUC Plan to Put Ratepayers on the Hook for $ Multi-Billion Utility Power Contracts and New Gas-Fueled Power Plants

--Local Power 2001 Announcement “San Francisco Voters Pass "Solar City Charter" With Proposition H

--Local Power 2000 Legislative Testimony to Joint Utilities Committee California's Electricity Market: Making Competition Work For Consumers

--Local Power 1999 News Article Ohio Gets Community Choice

--Local Power 1999 News Article Deregulation in California, One Year Later

--Local Power 1998 News Article After Approving Community Choice Provisions in House and Senate Versions, New Jersey Legislature's "Reconciliation Bill" Removes It

--Local Power 1997 News Article Massachusetts Legislature Passes Nation's First Electric Deregulation Bill with Community Choice Intact

--Local Power 1996 News Article California Passes Pro-Utility Deregulation

--Local Power News Company Archive 1995-2008

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