Lancaster Choice Energy Receives $1.47 Million Grant from California Energy Commission

Funds to Further the City’s Net Zero Efforts

Lancaster, CA. May 19, 2016 – Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), the City of Lancaster’s very own locally-run clean energy power program, was recently awarded a $1.47 million dollar grant by the California Energy Commission. The grant serves as a way for LCE to fund the further development of programs, in order to expedite the adoption of clean energy initiatives. LCE worked in partnership with the Zero Net Energy Alliance to apply for the grant as a pilot city.

As one of only two cities in the state of California to receive this grant funding, Lancaster has once again made further headway towards becoming a Net Zero city.

“We are excited to receive this grant,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “It provides a greater means for us to increase and expand our green energy efforts throughout our community, bringing us even closer to our Net Zero goals.”

Along with the grant comes the tasks associated with Phase One, which entail creating a detailed business plan with the ultimate goal of becoming a true Net Zero community. LCE is no stranger to hard work, and working on Phase One will be no exception. The LCE team is looking forward to applying for Phase Two funding after successfully implementing Phase One of the program in 2018. Phase Two will offer an even more impressive $8 million grant to further LCE’s ever-growing agenda to make the community as green as possible.

For more information regarding Lancaster Choice Energy, and to see if clean energy is the best choice for you, visit http://www.lancasterchoiceenergy.com, call (661) 723-6084, or stop by the LCE counter at Lancaster City Hall between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lancaster Choice Energy to Host Information Booth at BLVD Farmers Market

Lancaster, CA. May 17, 2016 – The BLVD Farmers Market is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy a variety of fresh produce and unique items in an open market atmosphere along The BLVD, between Date and Fern Avenues, every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This week, the Market will have an addition to its usual offerings, with the inclusion of the Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) information booth.

Lancaster Choice Energy is the City’s utility, which provides to both citizens and businesses cleaner, greener energy at affordable rates. This Thursday, LCE will be specifically promoting its Smart Choice Plan to passersby, giving them an opportunity to opt up to 100% renewable energy. Smart Choice is an additional 33 cents per day for residential customers and as little as one and a half cents more per kilowatt-hour for business customers. For CARE customers, adding the fully “green” program costs only $5 per month.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to stop by the LCE booth and learn more about the #SmartChoiceRevolution campaign. Not only will LCE representatives be available to answer any questions about the program, but cool giveaways will be distributed to inquiring citizens as well.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the benefits of going green in your home or business. Visit the LCE team this Thursday, May 19, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on The BLVD. This is your chance to have a truly positive impact on our community’s sustainability.

Lancaster Choice Energy to Offer Personal Choice Workshop May 21

Lancaster, CA. May 11, 2016 – Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is inviting residents who are currently solar customers or considering installing solar to attend a free Personal Choice Workshop.

Both residential and business customers can have their questions answered and learn more about the Personal Choice program—LCE’s net energy metering program which maximizes the benefits of having solar on their home or business. Attendees can also sign up for a free personalized account review with an LCE billing specialist.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. at the Stanley Kleiner Building at Lancaster City Park (43011 N. 10th Street West).
Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling (661) 723-6084 or sending an email to info@LancasterChoiceEnergy.com

Lancaster Choice Energy to Celebrate First Year of Service, Community Invited to “Open House”

Lancaster, CA. May 10, 2016 – The City of Lancaster’s new energy utility, Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), is celebrating its first anniversery this month. The community is invited to attend an LCE Open House event this Wednesday, May 11, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at Lancaster City Hall, 44933 Fern Avenue. During the open house, citizens will be able to meet LCE staff members and learn more regarding the LCE service plans, while also enjoying raffle drawings and refreshments.

Join us Wednesday, as we celebrate LCE’s achievements over the past year. To find out more about LCE and the #SmartChoiceRevolution, stop by Lancaster City Hall, call 661-723-6084, or visit www.lancasterchoiceenergy.com.

Lancaster Choice Energy Invites Everyone to Celebrate Its First Birthday on May 11

Lancaster Choice Energy wants to celebrate its first birthday with YOU! Join LED the Light Bulb on May 11 at 3pm at Lancaster City Hall for some cake, candles, and giveaways.

Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is the first municipally-operated community choice aggregator and began serving Lancaster customers last May. Since then, LCE has become the default service provider for the City of Lancaster affording Lancaster residents with lower energy prices, local control, and cleaner energy.

For more information about Lancaster Choice Energy or how you can join the #SmartChoiceRevolution by opting up to Smart Choice 100% renewable energy, visit us at LancasterChoiceEnergy.com or call (661) 723-6084.

The BLVD in Lancaster Sizzles with the Inaugural Bacon, Blues & Brews May 14th

Lancaster, CA. April 28, 2016 – Bacon, Blues & Brews will sizzle on the BLVD in Lancaster with its inaugural event, May 14, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. for VIP guests, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. for general admission. Dozens of local restaurants and chefs will offer culinary samples of their own unique spin on the star ingredient – BACON. More than 15 breweries will be sampling a variety of craft beers to help wash down all the bacon-y goodness, while and two stages feature live blues music for a pork-filled day and night of fun.

“Bacon, Blues & Brews marks the largest event in the history of the BLVD Association,” said Myrle McLernon, BLVD Association President and co-owner of Kinetic Brewing Company, which will participate as both a food vendor and craft beer vendor in the event. “With live music, mouth-watering cuisine designed exclusively for this event, party games, and my personal favorite – craft beer – Bacon, Blues & Brews will attract thousands to downtown Lancaster. We welcome residents of the Antelope Valley and beyond to join us for this incredible event.”

Some of Antelope Valley’s hottest chefs, including favorites from The BLVD in Lancaster, will be offering unique bacon-inspired samples spanning savory, sweet and, of course, salty delicacies. Star bacon purveyors include: BeX Bar & Grill with their bacon roulade and bacon croquettes; Cantarito Restaurant with their pork pupusas; Richeeze with the award-winning The Bacon Mac; Double “D” Cupcakes’ special bacon-infused cupcake; Giannini Bistro & Grill with their steak marinated in bacon; Pour D’Vino’s Crème Brulee infused with bacon and bacon-wrapped filet mignon; Waffle-Oh with bacon waffle-ohs; Izzy’s Taco truck with a special bacon taco; and Sugar Spin’s “salted caramel bourbon-spiced candied bacon cotton candy,” as well as “breakfast for dinner cotton candy.” These represent just a few of the bacon-inspired dishes which will be available from many restaurants and chefs.

VIP (Very Important Porklovers) ticket holders will have exclusive access at 12 noon, an hour prior to the general admission guests, plus they will enjoy access to two private VIP lounges. These include the Lantern Room at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH), a rooftop lounge overlooking the main stage and bacon paradise on the BLVD, and BeX Bar & Grill’s lounge with its eclectic environment and access to a full bar (additional fee). VIP tickets also include access to private restrooms in both lounges and 10 bacon sample tickets.

Wash down the bacon before going back for more with a refreshing beer or wine. Just a few of the local and regional breweries sampling will include Kinetic Brewing Company, Lucky Luke’s, Bravery Brewing, Indian Wells Brewing, Angel City Brewing, Shock Top, Golden Road, Firestone Walker 805, Lagunitas Brewing, Ballast Point, Alaska Brewing, Angry Orchard, Sierra Nevada and Stone Brewing. Plus, Pour D’ Vino will provide tastes of their award-winning wines.

If festivalgoers need a break from all the delicious bacon and pork samplings, they can enjoy blues music from the two stages on The BLVD packed with local favorites. Bacon, Blues & Brews will feature live performances by the Mel Booker Band, Code Red, Boy’s Night Out, The Fulcos and MLC. Bacon lovers of all ages can head over to the Pig Pen to test their skills at pork-inspired games and activities, including Pork Ladder Toss, Bacon Bags (a.k.a. Cornhole), Connect Swine and even Bacon Chess. Festivalgoers will also be encouraged to participate in the “Sooey” pig-calling contest and the people’s choice award for the best bacon dish, with the winner earning a golden ticket to the annual World Food Championships. Of course, attendees will also have an opportunity to enjoy the many shops, restaurants and businesses along the BLVD.

“The BLVD Association is excited to be taking an even more proactive role in producing events for the downtown area and the Antelope Valley community,” said Bob Turner, Chair of the BLVD Association’s Marketing & Promotions Committee and owner of Aven’s Furniture. “We are extremely excited about Bacon, Blues & Brews, and encourage the public to come down and experience it firsthand. We’d also like to thank the many sponsors who have made this event possible.”

  • Bacon, Blues & Brews sponsors include:
  • Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson Hogs
  • Destination Lancaster
  • Adelman Broadcasting
  • Antelope Valley Fair
  • Antelope Valley Mall
  • Antelope Valley Transit Authority
  • BeX Bar & Grill
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • High Desert Broadcasting
  • Homewood Suites
  • Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE)
  • Lucky Luke Brewing Co.
  • Remax All Pro
  • Sierra Toyota Scion
  • Valleywide Dental
  • Waste Management

Advance tickets start at just $15 for general admission and are available online while they last. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the event’s presenting sponsor, Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson (1759 W. Ave. J-12 in Lancaster).

“On behalf of the City of Lancaster, I’d like to thank the BLVD Association for hosting this event,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “What this organization has managed to do with a single staff member and an all-volunteer board is truly remarkable. They have found innovative ways to partner with the private sector and leverage their resources to create a wonderful event for our community which will bring thousands of people to our downtown area. I’d like to thank them for their time, energy and effort, and for their ongoing commitment to our community.”

For more information about this one-of-a-kind porkalicious event and to purchase tickets, visit www.BaconOnTheBlvd.com.

About The BLVD Association

The BLVD Association is a coalition of downtown merchants and property owners dedicated to promoting the economic and cultural growth of our community’s downtown. Transformed into a Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) by a vote of property owners in 2013, the Association works to ensure that as the Antelope Valley’s premiere destination for shopping, dining and the arts, The BLVD is a place where friends meet, businesses thrive and the community comes together as one.

Personal Choice Workshops

Lancaster, CA. April 15, 2016 – Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is inviting residents who are currently solar customers or considering installing solar to attend a free Personal Choice Workshop. Both residential and business customers can have their questions answered and learn more about the Personal Choice program-LCE’s net energy metering program that maximizes the benefits of having solar on your home or business. Attendees can also sign up for a free personalized account review with an LCE billing specialist.

There are two opportunities to attend the workshop:
Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30pm at the American Heroes Building at American Heroes Park
Saturday, May 21 at 9am at the Stanley Kleiner Building at Lancaster City Park.

Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling (661) 723-6084 or email info@lancasterchoiceenergy.com

Lancaster Choice Energy to Launch New #SmartChoiceRevolution Campaign

Lancaster, CA. March 28, 2016 – In April, the City of Lancaster’s new local energy provider, Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), will launch the #SmartChoiceRevolution campaign. LCE, which gives customers the power to choose renewable energy at an affordable price, will be encouraging the community to become “Smart Choice Champions” by “opting-up” to the Smart Choice plan, which provides customers with energy from 100% renewable sources.

“Lancaster Choice Energy is a prime example of how the City of Lancaster continues to work toward a more sustainable future,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “LCE is constantly creating opportunities for Lancaster businesses and residents to not only improve the City of Lancaster, but our planet as well.”

The goals of the #SmartChoiceRevolution campaign are to: share energy saving tips and tricks with the community (in order to save energy and money); tell the story about Smart Choice; and explain how LCE is giving Lancaster residents the power to choose renewable energy.

While LCE’s standard product, Clear Choice, offers 35% renewable energy, the Smart Choice rate plan offers customers the option of “opting-up” to 100% renewable energy content at an affordable price. The Smart Choice option is only an extra 33 cents per day for residential customers, or an additional 1.5 cents per kWh for business customers. Dubbed “Smart Choice Champions,” customers who opt-up will make a huge positive impact on the environment with one simple move. Additional incentives will be offered for businesses which select Smart Choice, including special marketing opportunities as well as exposure on LCE’s website.

Everyone is invited to visit the LCE booth at the California Poppy Festival (held April 16 and 17 at Lancaster City Park) for energy savings tips and tricks. Those who choose to join the #SmartChoiceRevolution while at the Poppy Festival will be entered to win two tickets to see Paul Rodriquez at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center on Saturday May 21.

“Further recognizing the need to conserve energy and do our part to protect the environment, we were the first private business to construct a solar system in the Antelope Valley,” said Tim and Tom Fuller of Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Hunter Alfa Romeo Fiat. “However, it wasn’t until Smart Choice became available that we were able to meet 100% of our energy requirements from renewable sources. We are pleased to now have control of how all the energy we use is produced.”

For more information regarding LCE, billing, or opting up to 100% renewable energy via Smart Choice, visit www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com, call 661-723-6084, or stop by the LCE counter at Lancaster City Hall.

City of Lancaster Recognizes Lancaster School District as Key Partner in Pursuit of a Greener Tomorrow

Lancaster, CA. March 17, 2016 – Last week, the City of Lancaster and Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) representatives recognized the Lancaster School District (LSD) for its ongoing involvement in City programs which aim to further establish Lancaster as a sustainable community. LCE staff provided a detailed presentation, outlining the total cost savings to the District, as well as the overall impact within the community. Lancaster School District Superintendent Dr. Michele Bowers accepted the commendation on behalf of the Lancaster School District and its Board Members.

“The City of Lancaster is aggressively pursuing Net Zero status, and achieving this goal is only possible through partnerships with like-minded entities,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris stated. “The Lancaster School District has taken a progressive role in supporting the City’s alternative energy endeavors, and we are immensely grateful for their ongoing engagement in our vision for a greener, more sustainable community for future generations.”

The Lancaster School District was the City’s inaugural solar partner when the Solar Lancaster program was launched. At that time, LSD, along with the Eastside School District, implemented solar installation at 25 facilities, achieving a total of 7.5 Megawatts installed. The project created 250 jobs with the installation of more than 32,000 solar panels. In all, the participating school sites generated approximately $410,000 in electrical savings in the first year alone, with more than $8 million in savings projected over the life of the 25-year project.

Furthering its commitment to sustainability, the Lancaster School District was also an early enrollee into the Lancaster Choice Energy Program, which launched last year. In May of 2015, the District enrolled 41 accounts. In the first five months alone, the District garnered a net savings of more than $41,000. This was made possible through the aggregation of the energy produced at the solar sites, which offset the energy usage over all accounts.

“Initially, I was tentative about joining the Lancaster Choice Energy program,” admitted Dr. Bowers. “Now, I am immensely thankful for the incredible savings this program has garnered for the Lancaster School District.”

Lancaster Choice Energy Continues to Offer Numerous Benefits to the Local Community

Lancaster, CA. February 16, 2016 – The City of Lancaster’s new local energy provider, Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is off to a great start in 2016. LCE started the year by lowering electricity generation rates, and is now setting its sights on goals for 2016.

Launched in October 2015, LCE now provides electric service to nearly 95% of Lancaster residents. The new utility also offers these customers a number of benefits which were not previously available, including cleaner, ‘greener’ electricity and local control at affordable rates. In order to accomplish this, LCE partnered with the existing regional investor-owned utility company, Southern California Edison (SCE).

To understand the partnership between LCE and SCE, it is important to note that there are two parts to every electric bill: the electricity source (generation); and the cost of transmission and delivery. In the past, SCE provided both portions. With the new LCE program, LCE handles the first segment (electricity source), while SCE manages the second (transmission and delivery).

With the rate reduction which went into effect January 1, 2016, LCE has been able to lower the cost of the electricity portion of the bill by 3% on average. However, even though LCE has reduced its rates, if the costs of transmission and delivery rise, it is then possible for residents to see an increase in their bill.

In addition to providing excellent service and lowering rates, LCE will be working on a number of other goals throughout 2016. This year, sPower, a prominent renewable energy company, will begin construction of a 10 Megawatt solar project within Lancaster. This project will generate electricity exclusively for LCE, as well as creating numerous local jobs in the alternative energy sphere.

This spring, LCE will launch a campaign encouraging the community to “opt up” to its Smart Choice plan, which provides customers with energy from 100% renewable sources. The Smart Choice option is only an extra $10 per month for residential customers or an additional 1.5 cents per kWh for business customers. By selecting Smart Choice, customers will not only be making a positive impact on the environment, they will also be partnering with Lancaster in its goal of becoming a “Net-Zero” City.

For more information regarding LCE updates, billing, or opting up to 100% renewable energy via Smart Choice, visit www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com, call 661-723-6084, or visit the LCE counter at Lancaster City Hall.