As a consumer, this is a great story. Marin County (north of San Francisco) is taking on energy giant, PG&E, and wants to change how and where their residents obtain energy. And they want to change it now. They are calling the movement Marin Clean Energy. They have created a CCA (community choice aggregation), which allows a local board to not only negotiate energy rates but also the source from which the energy is being supplied, whether that be PG&E or another supplier. Although the Marin case could backfire if PG&E drops the rate of natural gas over the next couple of years, if more communities and municipalities join the fray and demand control of their energy, competition will ensue, which would drive the price we pay for energy down. I am curious to see how this progresses.
++Local Communities Reach For Power Over Energy [Kelly Zito, SF Gate]