- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - A growing number of communities in California are buying their own electricity rather than using large utilities. The city of Davis and Yolo County have embraced that movement.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1RwQdZw ) that the two governments are set to move forward with the Community Choice Energy Program, which begins in March 2017. It will allow them to form a joint power authority and buy electricity on the wholesale market.

Residents can opt out and continue purchasing power through PG&E.;

The new program offers more local control over the energy source, but the electricity rates can be high because of expensive “exit fees” charged by the utility.

The change is expected to cost roughly $3.5 million, to be paid through a loan taken out by the city and county.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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