The latest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast featured a conversation with Dawn Weisz, CEO of the oldest Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) in California, MCE. CCAs are highlighting how dynamic the power sector is these days, including evolution of the traditional business model. Customers in areas with CCAs can make the decision to break from their incumbent utility and embrace the offerings of a local CCA that better aligns with their desired energy company, and that's empowering the ratepayers as well as the power companies.
During the course of the conversation, Dawn shares the history lesson of how and why CCAs first arose, highlights the unique opportunity for innovation that this business model provides all stakeholders, and stresses the community aspect of her company: building up the green workforce, ensuring equity in clean energy availability, and more. Dawn noted, for example:
Historically the energy industry has neglected certain populations. The fossil fuel industry contributes to public health harms that disproportionately impact black, brown, indigenous, Asian, and poor communities. Fossil fuels generate toxic air and water pollution as well as greenhouse gas emissions that drive global climate crisis. And exposure to fossil fuel pollution is linked to negative health impacts for people living near these pollution sources. So equity has always been a central part of MCE's mission because our grassroots community advocacy is really what started MCE. We're driven by the understanding that we're all connected and we share this planet together. We're building a future that benefits everyone, not just a select few. We need to address the inequities that are impacting our communities. And we know that everyone deserves clean air, clean water, and a habitable environment.
This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Episode #69: 'Innovation and Leadership From California's First Community Choice Aggregator' With Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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