From Silicon Valley to the East Bay to the Central Coast, a “people’s power” movement is sweeping through California that will give local residents a choice to ditch PG&E and buy cleaner — and possibly cheaper — energy from the cities and counties where they live.
Elected officials in Silicon Valley — representing an alliance of Santa Clara County and most of its cities — are poised to decide in March whether to take the key steps necessary to develop a new electricity system that they say could be lighting homes by early 2017. And San Jose, the region’s largest city, is considering creating its own system.
Similar alliances are moving forward in San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. San Francisco’s power system is set to launch next year.
Whenever these plans are adopted, customers in the cities and counties are automatically enrolled, though they can opt out of the program at any time.