Lancaster Choice Energy Personal Choice Workshop

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

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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

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.”

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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.

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MOAH Kicks Off the 2016 Exhibition Season with Green Revolution

Lancaster, CA. February 4, 2016 – On February 13, Lancaster’s Museum of Art and History (MOAH) will kick off its 2016 exhibition season with Green Revolution.

Sponsored by Lancaster Choice Energy and sPower, Green Revolution focuses on artists’ representations of sustainable living through renewable energy and urban gardening, as well as the concepts of reusing and recycling materials. From watercolor to sculpture, artists including Jeremy Kidd, Lynn Aldrich, and Coleen Sterritt cover concepts of reducing energy needs through the use of renewable energy in order to create an efficient and sustainable community.
By exploring the timely conversation of reducing our carbon footprint, the Green Revolution exhibit dovetails perfectly with Lancaster Choice Energy’s mission to offer consumers cleaner and less expensive power options and the City of Lancaster’s overarching NetZero plans.

On display through April 17, 2016, Green Revolution will also feature an ‘opening reception’ on Saturday, February 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. which the public is invited to attend.

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Lancaster’s Museum of Art and History (MOAH) to Install Green Revolution Exhibition

This Weekend: Last Chance to See MOAH’s Current Exhibition, Vanity

Lancaster, CA. January 22, 2016 – Today through Sunday is residents’ last chance to view Lancaster’s Museum of Art and History (MOAH) Vanity exhibit. MOAH will “go dark,” January 25 through February 12, to transition from the current exhibition to the upcoming round of shows.

The upcoming show, Green Revolution, utilizes art and environmental education as a catalyst for leading greener, more sustainable lives. Sponsored by Lancaster Choice Energy and sPower, the diverse artwork on display will incorporate recycled materials, as well as addressing topics which include: urban farming and gardening; sustainable design; water harvesting; and renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. The Green Revolution exhibition will open on February 13, with a free public reception held on Saturday, February 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Aligned with the City of Lancaster’s goal of becoming a NetZero community, MOAH and its sister facility MOAH:CEDAR are both presenting a season of individual shows which focus on sustainable living. MOAH:CEDAR’s show Smaller Footprintswill open to the public January 30. MOAH:CEDAR, also home to the Andrew Frieder Creative space, is located at 44857 Cedar Avenue and is open Thursday through Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.

While MOAH and MOAH:CEDAR prepare for the new exhibits, patrons are encouraged to visit the Western Hotel Museum. The Western Hotel Museum, located at 557 W. Lancaster BLVD, is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday and accompanying Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information regarding exhibits and activities at these locations, visit www.lancastermoah.org.

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MOAH Now Bringing Environmental Education to Classrooms through its Award-Winning Green Initiative

Lancaster, CA.  December 29, 2015 – Lancaster’s Museum of Art & History (MOAH) Trunk Program is now offering a brand new discovery trunk entitled Green Revolution, as part of the award-winning Green MOAH Initiative.

Launched in 2013, the Green MOAH Initiative utilizes art and environmental education as a creative catalyst for leading greener, more sustainable lives. Project topics include recycled art, urban farming and gardening, sustainable design, water harvesting, and renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. To date, the Green MOAH Initiative has reached more than 15,000 underserved youth in the Antelope Valley.

The Green Revolution discovery trunk addresses such environmental concerns while also meeting K-12 academic Next Generation Science Standards. Through an interactive presentation, students delve into topics which include:  pollution, drought, energy, conservation, and climate change, while also proposing practical efforts to work towards a better tomorrow. The new trunk heralds MOAH’s upcoming Green Revolution exhibition, beginning February 13, which will present a series of individual exhibits focused on sustainable living through renewable energy, urban gardening, and the concepts of reuse/recycle.

MOAH’s Trunk Program has been bringing the museum experience into the community since 2006. The program has been generously funded by corporations and individuals including California Community Foundation, Southern California Edison, Target, Boeing, and Hernando & Fran Marroquin.

Antelope Valley teachers and the local educational community are encouraged to inquire about this dynamic program and bring this extraordinary educational experience to their students. Inquiries, or requests to schedule an appointment for a trunk presentation at your location, can be made via MOAH’s website: www.lancastermoah.org/education.php or by calling the Museum directly at (661) 723-6250.

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Lancaster City Council Reduces LCE Energy Rates

Lancaster, CA. December 9, 2015 – Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), Lancaster’s new local energy provider which recently celebrated its successful city-wide launch in October, now has another reason to celebrate. Last night, the Lancaster City Council approved LCE’s new energy rates, which will go into effect January 1, 2016. LCE customers can expect to see significant savings come the new year, as the recently-approved rates are on average 20% percent lower than LCE’s current rates and 3% lower than Southern California Edison’s projected 2016 rates.

“We’ve only been a full-fledged electricity provider for a couple of months and we’ve already saved Lancaster residents and business owners thousands of dollars on their energy bills,” said Barbara Boswell, Director of both the LCE and Finance Departments for the City of Lancaster. “We are going to keep pursuing every opportunity to make those savings even more substantial. That’s the beauty of being a public service, rather than a private one — our main goal is not profit, it’s the satisfaction and support of our community.”

In addition to continuing to provide residents with savings wherever possible, LCE will be launching a campaign in the spring focused on encouraging community members to “opt up” from its Clear Choice plan to its Smart Choice plan, allowing their energy to come from 100% renewable sources rather than 35% renewable sources.

“Saving our residents and business owners money is a huge part of the vision behind taking control of our local energy, but increasing our City’s sustainability and bringing us closer to Net Zero status is also one of our key goals,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “LCE’s Smart Choice option enables Lancaster residents to choose to utilize 100% renewable energy for the first time ever. It’s a historic opportunity for both energy consumers and our planet, and Lancaster is the first California city to offer it.”

For more information regarding LCE updates or opting up to Smart Choice, visit www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com or call 661-723-6084. You may also visit the LCE Counter at Lancaster City Hall.

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City of Lancaster Keeps Seniors Informed of Assistance Programs Offered Through Lancaster Choice Energy

Lancaster, CA. August 20, 2015 – Yesterday, the City of Lancaster’s Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) team met with citizens at the Lancaster Senior Center in an effort to ensure seniors are fully informed of their new options in the energy market, as well as the assistance programs potentially available to them through LCE, the new local energy provider.

Residents’ whose households have limited income, or are home to someone with special medical needs, may qualify for more affordable energy under either the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) program, the federal Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program, or by receiving a medical baseline allowance. For example, LCE CARE customers typically save approximately 10% on their monthly energy bills. Residents who qualify for public assistance programs such as Medi-Cal, SNAP, WIC, or SSI will also likely qualify for CARE, FERA, or medical baseline programs.

“It’s very important to keep the seniors of our community informed regarding any assistance available to them,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Part of the motivating factor behind taking control of our energy market and establishing Lancaster Choice Energy was so that we could ensure various groups within our population, such as our seniors, are paying fair rates and receiving the highest level of customer care.”

More information regarding Lancaster Choice Energy can be found at www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com or by calling 661-723-6084.

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sPower Wins Lancaster Choice Energy 10 Megawatt PPA

Utility-Scale Project to Fuel Lancaster Constituents’ ‘Power to Choose’
Lancaster, CA and Salt Lake City, UT, August 17, 2015 – Lancaster Choice Energy, the City of Lancaster’s new, locally-operated, locally-controlled clean power provider, announced today that it has awarded sPower, a prominent renewable energy company, a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to provide 10MWac of solar power.
The power will be generated at the sPower Western Antelope Dry Ranch facility, to be located at 105th Street West and Avenue J in Lancaster, CA, located in northern LA County.  Construction is expected to begin in mid-2016, with a commercial operations date (COD) by the end of 2016.  sPower estimates a peak construction crew size of 75 to 80 workers. The facility will be the only project to provide utility-scale solar power to Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), enabling its Clear Choice and Smart Choice participants to save money on their energy costs.

“sPower has proven their commitment to responsible development across the many projects they have constructed throughout the Antelope Valley,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.  “The City of Lancaster has set some very aggressive renewable energy goals, and the best way our City will achieve them is through long-term partnerships with innovative leaders such as sPower.”

When fully operational, the facility will reliably generate enough clean, renewable energy for more than 1,800 Lancaster homes[1].  sPower will install roughly 41,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules mounted on a tracking system that follows the sun, allowing the panels to more efficiently capture energy as the sun tracks across the Lancaster sky.

“We hold our ongoing collaboration with the City of Lancaster in the highest regard,” said Ryan Creamer, sPower’s CEO.  “Mayor Parris’ forward-thinking approach to clean energy, including Lancaster’s goal of becoming the first “net zero city”, has brought tremendous economic and environmental benefits to the City’s residents and businesses, alike.  And we’re proud to support his vision.”

About Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE)

Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) is the new, locally-controlled electricity provider, created to offer residents and businesses within the City of Lancaster a viable alternative to traditional investor-owned utilities, with more affordable rates and higher renewable content. www.LancasterChoiceEnergy.com

About sPower

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, sPower is a prominent independent power producer (IPP) that owns and/or operates more than 150 utility and commercial distributed electrical generation systems across the United States and the UK.   With greater than 1.7 gigawatts between construction and pipeline, sPower is actively buying select renewable assets in virtually any stage of development in North America and the UK.   sPower is a portfolio company of Fir Tree Partners, a leading global investment fund with more than 20 years of investing history and approximately $13 billion of capital under management.  www.spower.com


[1]       U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, based on 29,497,000 kWh annual system production.