The summer months proved to be hot for green power sales in California. July and August were both record-setting months for the number of customers switching to alternative power providers. According to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), nearly 16,000 residential customers switched suppliers in August, up from a record 12,300 in July. These figures represent roughly a three-fold increase over switch rates earlier this year. In total, about 1.7% of California customers have switched providers.
The Center for Resource Solutions, which manages the Green-e program, estimates that the vast majority of those switching are receiving green power. Commonwealth Energy, one of California's leading green power providers, claims to be serving more than 70,000 customers and signing up customers at a rate of about 400 per day.
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