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History of SCP

Inspiring California communities to build a clean energy future

In 2002 California communities voiced their need for legislation that would provide local public control of their electrical supply. In response, Assembly Bill 117 the “Community Choice Aggregation Law” passed, allowing local governments to purchase electricity on behalf of their communities. Sonoma Clean Power was formed to provide a choice beyond a for-profit, investor-owned utility (PG&E).

Today SCP is a model for community choice programs throughout California. By providing higher percentages of renewable energy that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Sonoma Clean Power customers help solve the climate crisis at a local level.

Grassroots Start

March 20, 2010

The Center for Climate Protection Campaign assisted in the formation of SCP by creating a grass roots campaign, particularly with the business community. CCP also coined the name Sonoma Clean Power.

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Grassroots Start

March 20, 2010

The Center for Climate Protection Campaign assisted in the formation of SCP by creating a grass roots campaign, particularly with the business community. CCP also coined the name Sonoma Clean Power.

Steering Committee Formed

March 20, 2011

Sonoma County Water Agency authorized to perform feasibility study and create steering committee.

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Steering Committee Formed

March 20, 2011

Sonoma County Water Agency authorized to perform feasibility study and create steering committee.

Feasibility Study Published

October 1, 2011

Feasibility study published for new CCA.

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Feasibility Study Published

October 1, 2011

Feasibility study published for new CCA.

A Win For CCAs

October 9, 2011
Senate Bill 790 (Leno) “code of conduct” passed to provide protection for Community Choice programs from investor-owned utilities marketing against them.

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A Win For CCAs

October 9, 2011
Senate Bill 790 (Leno) “code of conduct” passed to provide protection for Community Choice programs from investor-owned utilities marketing against them.

Feasibility Study Brings Confidence

October 18, 2011

Sonoma Clean Power feasibility study presented to Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The board authorizes further study.

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Feasibility Study Brings Confidence

October 18, 2011

Sonoma Clean Power feasibility study presented to Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The board authorizes further study.

SCP Feasibility Study

November 2, 2011

Staff begins feasibility study presentations to eligible cities.

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SCP Feasibility Study

November 2, 2011

Staff begins feasibility study presentations to eligible cities.

Residential Survey Complete

February 28, 2012

Sonoma County Water Agency completes CCA Market Survey.

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Residential Survey Complete

February 28, 2012

Sonoma County Water Agency completes CCA Market Survey.

Commercial Survey Complete

March 8, 2012

Sonoma County Water Agency completes Commercial Market Survey.

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Commercial Survey Complete

March 8, 2012

Sonoma County Water Agency completes Commercial Market Survey.

Guiding Document Drafted

October 8, 2012

Draft JPA presented to all eligible Sonoma County cities.

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Guiding Document Drafted

October 8, 2012

Draft JPA presented to all eligible Sonoma County cities.

Collaboration

December 4, 2012

Joint Powers Agreement formed by the County of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

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Collaboration

December 4, 2012

Joint Powers Agreement formed by the County of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Agency Formed

December 12, 2012

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors sets SCP’s goals and adopts Joint Powers Agreement.

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Agency Formed

December 12, 2012

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors sets SCP’s goals and adopts Joint Powers Agreement.

SCP RFP

February 22, 2013

Request for Proposal for first electricity supply contacts sent out to multiple suppliers.

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SCP RFP

February 22, 2013

Request for Proposal for first electricity supply contacts sent out to multiple suppliers.

Power Bids Submitted

April 8, 2013

Eleven power bids submitted to Sonoma Clean Power for evaluation.

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Power Bids Submitted

April 8, 2013

Eleven power bids submitted to Sonoma Clean Power for evaluation.

It’s Official

April 23, 2013

Sonoma Clean Power Board of Directors votes to approve launch date for service to customers.

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It’s Official

April 23, 2013

Sonoma Clean Power Board of Directors votes to approve launch date for service to customers.

Town Of Windsor Joins SCP

May 5, 2013

The Windsor Town Council votes to become the first to join SCP.

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Town Of Windsor Joins SCP

May 5, 2013

The Windsor Town Council votes to become the first to join SCP.

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SCP Secures Startup Funds

June 25, 2013


Sonoma Clean Power Board of Directors secures startup funds from First Community Bank (now Poppy Bank).

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SCP Secures Startup Funds

June 25, 2013


Sonoma Clean Power Board of Directors secures startup funds from First Community Bank (now Poppy Bank).

Cotati Joins SCP

June 26, 2013

The Cotati City Council unanimously votes to join SCP.

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Cotati Joins SCP

June 26, 2013

The Cotati City Council unanimously votes to join SCP.

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Sebastopol Joins SCP

July 2, 2013

Sebastopol becomes the 3rd City to join SCP in a 4-1-0 vote.

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Sebastopol Joins SCP

July 2, 2013

Sebastopol becomes the 3rd City to join SCP in a 4-1-0 vote.

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Santa Rosa Joins SCP

July 9, 2013

The Santa Rosa City Council votes unanimously to join SCP.

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Santa Rosa Joins SCP

July 9, 2013

The Santa Rosa City Council votes unanimously to join SCP.

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Sonoma Joins SCP

July 15, 2013

The City Council of Sonoma votes unanimously in favor of joining SCP.

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Sonoma Joins SCP

July 15, 2013

The City Council of Sonoma votes unanimously in favor of joining SCP.

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Initial Community Outreach

July 29, 2013

Sonoma Clean Power holds first public workshops in various locations to educate the public about Community Choice.

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Initial Community Outreach

July 29, 2013

Sonoma Clean Power holds first public workshops in various locations to educate the public about Community Choice.

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Interim CEO Selected

August 2, 2013

Geof Syphers named interim CEO by SCPA Board of Directors.

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Interim CEO Selected

August 2, 2013

Geof Syphers named interim CEO by SCPA Board of Directors.

CPUC Certifies Implementation Plan

October 4, 2013

California Public Utilities Commission certifies Sonoma Clean Power Authority’s Implementation Plan giving SCP the right to serve customers.

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CPUC Certifies Implementation Plan

October 4, 2013

California Public Utilities Commission certifies Sonoma Clean Power Authority’s Implementation Plan giving SCP the right to serve customers.

RAC & BOC Meet!

October 17, 2013

First joint meeting of SCP Ratepayer Advisory and Business Operations Committees.

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RAC & BOC Meet!

October 17, 2013

First joint meeting of SCP Ratepayer Advisory and Business Operations Committees.

Powered Up!

November 19, 2013

Sonoma Clean Power signed a contract with energy provider Constellation, an Exelon subsidiary, in a deal that allowed rates to be set below PG&E’s rates. Constellation was one of four power companies that made it to the final round of bidding to provide greener electricity to SCP’s residential and commercial

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Powered Up!

November 19, 2013

Sonoma Clean Power signed a contract with energy provider Constellation, an Exelon subsidiary, in a deal that allowed rates to be set below PG&E’s rates. Constellation was one of four power companies that made it to the final round of bidding to provide greener electricity to SCP’s residential and commercial

Official CEO Selected

December 20, 2013

Geof Syphers transitions from Interim CEO to the first official CEO for SCP.

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Official CEO Selected

December 20, 2013

Geof Syphers transitions from Interim CEO to the first official CEO for SCP.

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Local Power!

December 20, 2013

Sonoma Clean Power signs a deal for local renewable geothermal energy from CALPINE’s Geysers facility through 2023.

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Local Power!

December 20, 2013

Sonoma Clean Power signs a deal for local renewable geothermal energy from CALPINE’s Geysers facility through 2023.

Lower Rates

January 9, 2014

SCP’s first customer rates approved 2-3% lower than PG&E.

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Lower Rates

January 9, 2014

SCP’s first customer rates approved 2-3% lower than PG&E.

Welcome!

February 4, 2014

SCP enrollment notices sent out to first phase of Sonoma County customers.

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Welcome!

February 4, 2014

SCP enrollment notices sent out to first phase of Sonoma County customers.

SCP Launches EverGreen Service

May 1, 2014

Sonoma Clean Power launches EverGreen service that is 100% local renewable energy, the first of its kind in California. EverGreen provides clean energy to customers day and night with its unique baseload geothermal energy.

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SCP Launches EverGreen Service

May 1, 2014

Sonoma Clean Power launches EverGreen service that is 100% local renewable energy, the first of its kind in California. EverGreen provides clean energy to customers day and night with its unique baseload geothermal energy.

SCP Officially “Flips The Switch”

May 1, 2014

Sonoma Clean Power, the county’s new electricity provider, commemorated their first day of service to approximately 22,000 customers with a “flip the switch” celebration at their May 1st Board of Directors meeting.

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SCP Officially “Flips The Switch”

May 1, 2014

Sonoma Clean Power, the county’s new electricity provider, commemorated their first day of service to approximately 22,000 customers with a “flip the switch” celebration at their May 1st Board of Directors meeting.

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New ProFIT Program

August 1, 2014

Sonoma Clean Power’s ProFIT program promotes the development of new renewable energy systems by paying a fixed price of $95/megawatt-hour (MWh) to Sonoma County projects.

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New ProFIT Program

August 1, 2014

Sonoma Clean Power’s ProFIT program promotes the development of new renewable energy systems by paying a fixed price of $95/megawatt-hour (MWh) to Sonoma County projects.

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Cloverdale Joins SCP

August 27, 2014

The City of Cloverdale votes to join the Sonoma Clean Power program.

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Cloverdale Joins SCP

August 27, 2014

The City of Cloverdale votes to join the Sonoma Clean Power program.

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AB 2145 Defeated!

August 30, 2014

If Assembly Bill 2145 (Bradford) “The Monopoly Protection Bill” had passed, it would have made it difficult to form new Community Choice Aggregation programs like Sonoma Clean Power.

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AB 2145 Defeated!

August 30, 2014

If Assembly Bill 2145 (Bradford) “The Monopoly Protection Bill” had passed, it would have made it difficult to form new Community Choice Aggregation programs like Sonoma Clean Power.

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Rohnert Park Joins SCP

December 9, 2014

Rohnert Park City Council votes in favor of joining SCP.

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Rohnert Park Joins SCP

December 9, 2014

Rohnert Park City Council votes in favor of joining SCP.

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Petaluma Joins SCP

February 5, 2015

The Petaluma City Council votes unanimously, becoming the final city to join SCP.

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Petaluma Joins SCP

February 5, 2015

The Petaluma City Council votes unanimously, becoming the final city to join SCP.

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Welcome Aboard!

June 1, 2015

Sonoma Clean Power launches 1st day of service for Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Cloverdale customers.

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Welcome Aboard!

June 1, 2015

Sonoma Clean Power launches 1st day of service for Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Cloverdale customers.

Startup Loan Paid Off!

June 3, 2015

Sonoma Clean Power pays off startup loan from First Community Bank (now Poppy Bank) 4 years earlier than expected.

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Startup Loan Paid Off!

June 3, 2015

Sonoma Clean Power pays off startup loan from First Community Bank (now Poppy Bank) 4 years earlier than expected.

1000 EverGreen Customers

June 19, 2015

Sonoma Clean Power hits 1000 EverGreen customers.

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1000 EverGreen Customers

June 19, 2015

Sonoma Clean Power hits 1000 EverGreen customers.

Electric Cars In The Classroom

October 12, 2015

Analy High School students with a SWITCH Vehicle SCP sponsored Sebastopol-based Switch Electric Vehicles, Inc., a comprehensive program that teaches students (middle school, high school and college) the fundamentals of EV design, assembly, manufacturing and maintenance.

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Electric Cars In The Classroom

October 12, 2015

Analy High School students with a SWITCH Vehicle SCP sponsored Sebastopol-based Switch Electric Vehicles, Inc., a comprehensive program that teaches students (middle school, high school and college) the fundamentals of EV design, assembly, manufacturing and maintenance.

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First Annual Report Released

October 26, 2015

Sonoma Clean Power releases first Annual Report with results from 2014-2015.

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First Annual Report Released

October 26, 2015

Sonoma Clean Power releases first Annual Report with results from 2014-2015.

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We’re Green!

February 24, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power becomes certified as a green business through the County of Sonoma’s Green Business Program.

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We’re Green!

February 24, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power becomes certified as a green business through the County of Sonoma’s Green Business Program.

SCP Is Debt Free!

April 12, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power pays off the initial seed money loan from the Sonoma County Water Agency, officially making the agency debt-free.

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SCP Is Debt Free!

April 12, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power pays off the initial seed money loan from the Sonoma County Water Agency, officially making the agency debt-free.

Fully Charged!

May 1, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power finishes buying energy for Sonoma County customers through 2020.

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Fully Charged!

May 1, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power finishes buying energy for Sonoma County customers through 2020.

Mendocino County Joins SCP!

October 17, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power’s Board approved an expansion into Mendocino County, with service to begin in June 2017.

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Mendocino County Joins SCP!

October 17, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power’s Board approved an expansion into Mendocino County, with service to begin in June 2017.

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Drive EverGreen Launch

October 27, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power launches new Drive EverGreen electric vehicle program, to support the agency’s goal to put 10,000 EVs on roads in service territory by the end of 2020 and a much grander goal of 100,000 EV by 2030.

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Drive EverGreen Launch

October 27, 2016

Sonoma Clean Power launches new Drive EverGreen electric vehicle program, to support the agency’s goal to put 10,000 EVs on roads in service territory by the end of 2020 and a much grander goal of 100,000 EV by 2030.

Sonoma County Agencies Pilot “Do It Yourself Energy & Water Savings Toolkits”

November 2, 2016

Energy and Water Savings Toolkits to Debut at Select Sonoma County Libraries. The DIY Toolkit program was extended to the Mendocino County Library system in 2018.

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Sonoma County Agencies Pilot “Do It Yourself Energy & Water Savings Toolkits”

November 2, 2016

Energy and Water Savings Toolkits to Debut at Select Sonoma County Libraries. The DIY Toolkit program was extended to the Mendocino County Library system in 2018.

70 MW Of New California Solar

January 1, 2017

Recurrent Energy’s new Mustang solar facility provides 70 MW to SCP customers.

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70 MW Of New California Solar

January 1, 2017

Recurrent Energy’s new Mustang solar facility provides 70 MW to SCP customers.

SCP Adds Wind

May 24, 2017

Sonoma Clean Power breaks ground on new 46 MW wind facility in Tracy, CA.

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SCP Adds Wind

May 24, 2017

Sonoma Clean Power breaks ground on new 46 MW wind facility in Tracy, CA.

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Drive EV: Year 2

August 8, 2017

SCP launched the second iteration of Drive EV with an expanded selection of local dealerships and models for customers to choose from. Used vehicle incentives were added to the program.

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Drive EV: Year 2

August 8, 2017

SCP launched the second iteration of Drive EV with an expanded selection of local dealerships and models for customers to choose from. Used vehicle incentives were added to the program.

Sonoma and Mendocino Land Trust Partnership

January 31, 2018

SCP partnership with Sonoma and Mendocino land trust to donate $10 per EverGreen opt-up to be split between the two different land trusts.

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Sonoma and Mendocino Land Trust Partnership

January 31, 2018

SCP partnership with Sonoma and Mendocino land trust to donate $10 per EverGreen opt-up to be split between the two different land trusts.

Advanced Energy Rebuild Launched

May 2, 2018

Sonoma Clean Power partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to incentivize homeowners to rebuild energy-efficient homes with incentives up to $17,500 after the 2017 wildfires.

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Advanced Energy Rebuild Launched

May 2, 2018

Sonoma Clean Power partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to incentivize homeowners to rebuild energy-efficient homes with incentives up to $17,500 after the 2017 wildfires.

CEC Grant Awarded to SCP

January 31, 2018

SCP received a $9.9 million EPIC grant from the California Energy Commission to help bring energy efficiency and emerging technologies directly to customers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

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CEC Grant Awarded to SCP

January 31, 2018

SCP received a $9.9 million EPIC grant from the California Energy Commission to help bring energy efficiency and emerging technologies directly to customers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Coldwell Solar & SCP Complete 2 MW Local Solar Project

July 10, 2018

SCP celebrated the completion of two local solar projects that are now operational in rural Petaluma. Each of these facilities produce one megawatt of clean, renewable electricity.

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Coldwell Solar & SCP Complete 2 MW Local Solar Project

July 10, 2018

SCP celebrated the completion of two local solar projects that are now operational in rural Petaluma. Each of these facilities produce one megawatt of clean, renewable electricity.

SCP Rebrands

August 1, 2018

SCP debuted updated brand identity and Davey Award winning website. After five years, SCP had become much more than just an electricity provider, therefore, it was important to find a way to better communicate the agency SCP is today.

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SCP Rebrands

August 1, 2018

SCP debuted updated brand identity and Davey Award winning website. After five years, SCP had become much more than just an electricity provider, therefore, it was important to find a way to better communicate the agency SCP is today.

Drive EV: The Final Year

August 1, 2018

In the past two years, the program has helped SCP customers save over $10 million on electric vehicles with nearly 800 EVs having been purchased or leased locally. SCP plans to focus on growing

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Drive EV: The Final Year

August 1, 2018

In the past two years, the program has helped SCP customers save over $10 million on electric vehicles with nearly 800 EVs having been purchased or leased locally. SCP plans to focus on growing

GridSavvy Community Launches

August 1, 2018

The GridSavvy Community is a way for customers to install smart devices, like EV charging stations, smart heat pump water heaters, and smart thermostats, in their home or business.


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GridSavvy Community Launches

August 1, 2018

The GridSavvy Community is a way for customers to install smart devices, like EV charging stations, smart heat pump water heaters, and smart thermostats, in their home or business.


SCP Promotes Benefits of Induction Cooking

March 21, 2019

SCP began lending our customers single-burner induction cooktops and cookware, at no charge, to try out at home.

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SCP Promotes Benefits of Induction Cooking

March 21, 2019

SCP began lending our customers single-burner induction cooktops and cookware, at no charge, to try out at home.