Transforming Energy
Local Power. Growing CCA since 1995.
Here's your community's annual energy demand today.
Transforming energy to physically reduce carbon pollution isn't just about adding green power somewhere far away on the grid, but installing it in homes and businesses to subtract demand for grid and pipeline resources from the bottom-up. These graphs show Local Power's modeled transformation of the 365 day pattern of demand for a large urban community.  8760 hours of annual demand define the shape of your community's aggregate energy costs and carbon emissions, with each daily pattern showing red peaks that represent the most polluting, costliest grid energy. No taxes, no rate increases. Choosing renewable resources to match demand patterns is the art of climate mobilization: the lowest-cost, most scalable transition to a new green energy system through CCA 3.0. 
And there's where your community will be when we're done
This is Local Power's modeled transformation for that city. To recognize the importance of this for climate mobilization, you need to understand how limited conventional utilities are in changing their systems without raising rates.  CCAs are uniquely positioned in the marketplace as energy buyers (vs. sellers), planners and service providers to their communities, having an unprecedentedly free hand to redesign their energy supply portfolios. As municipalities, CCAs also have a unique ability  to engage residents and businesses in voluntary investment. Systemic decarbonization involves wide deployment of behind-meter renewables, energy efficiency, microgrids and electric vehicle chargers, at the point of use, to avoid peak power cost and grid premiums. Instead of taxes or rate increases, this climate mobilization brings customer ownership. CCA 3.0 means not only the lowest costs and greatest carbon impact, but tangible local economic benefits: local wealth retention, local jobs, and local economic development.

A Quarter Century Creating and Leading a Revolution in Power 
CCA 3.0 and Climate Mobilization, 2020

In 2020, Local Power completed a third-generation CCA business plan to use a CCA program for climate mobilization: CCA 3.0 maximizes sustained  greenhouse gas emission reduction in all energy sectors - the building power, building heat/hot water, and automobile sectors. CCA will support increased breadth and depth of onsite energy resources, and member municipalities will engage residential and commercial customers in voluntary investment in customer shares and customer cooperatives. ----> Click on the CCA 3.0 report image to receive a free copy by email from Local Power.

“(Local Power's) plan, built on an incredible quantity of data, is about the most granular and complete map of CCA's radical potential to transform a city's energy footprint as has ever been produced.”

- Truthout, 2013

"Fenn's plan leans heavily on reducing consumption via increased efficiencies and creating hundreds of 'behind-the-meter' small-to-midsized solar installations. PG&E makes the lion's share of its money on power distribution; behind-the-meter setups wouldn't run on PG&E's lines, eliminating those costs."

- San Francisco Weekly, 2013

"All told, Fenn claims his model would deliver several hundred megawatts of power to the city while saving consumers money over PG&E rates, and putting thousands of locals to work. "

- San Francisco Weekly, 2013
"He also wrote the original Community Choice Aggregation law in Massachusetts in 1997; drafted San Francisco's CCA resolution in 1998; penned the California law authorizing the creation of CCAs in '02; wrote the city's CCA ordinance in '04; and created the CleanPowerSF implementation plan in '07.
- San Francisco Weekly, 2013
Local Power's Groundbreaking Work on CCA 3.0
Since creating CCA 25 years ago, Local Power has continued as the Research and Development arm of the CCA Movement. Work samples may be downloaded from the banner above.
Program Design
Barriers & Commercialization
Business Model
Transition from Grid to Renewables
Implementation Plan
Planning & Regulatory Compliance
Geographic Energy Analysis
Targeting Buildings & Infrastructure
Budgetary Analysis
Cost & Financial Models
Permitting Analysis
Zoning, Permitting, Technology & Development Analysis
The Local Green New Deal Project - Staff
A National Resource for Community Energy Transformation
The LGND project was launched by Local Power in March, 2020 with the release of our "CCA 3.0 - Climate Mobilization" report. Local Power was co-founded in California by Paul Fenn and Julia Peters in 1996. Our recent partners and clients include state governments like the State of New York, urban municipalities like the City of San Francisco, and rural municipalities like Sonoma County and Northampton, Massachusetts. Read more about our past work here.