As Americans prepare to vote in tomorrow’s midterm elections, communities across California have been busy voting for clean power.
The current incumbents at the White House may not be renowned for being big supporters of renewable energy, but California continues to lead the country’s green energy push. The Sierra Club reported this month that nine cities – and one county – have signed up to run their communities entirely on renewable electricity, via the Clean Power Alliance: ‘a new Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties’.
“The decision by these ten communities to draw all of their electricity from 100 percent renewable sources (unless an individual customer chooses dirty energy for their own account) is truly ground-breaking. Overnight, they are virtually eliminating the production of harmful greenhouse gases from their energy supplies. They are setting a new standard for how local governments can respond to our climate crisis by taking immediate action to dramatically cut emissions as early as next year, with such a simple yet profoundly impactful decision. I am excited to see how this will inspire other communities that have the opportunity to participate in Community Choice Aggregators throughout California, and beyond. I look forward to a tidal wave of renewable energy coming out of this,” said Michelle Ellison, Clean Power Alliance board member representing the City of Ojai.
This latest cohort of cities: Culver City, Ojai, Oxnard, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Monica, South Pasadena, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and West Hollywood, along with unincorporated Ventura County, bring the total number of US cities committed to 100% clean power to 97, with two states and 11 counties also signed up.