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Center for Community Energy

Accelerating sustainable local energy production and storage through education, research, advocacy, technical advice and consulting.

CCE’s ultimate goal is decarbonization.

To substantively contribute to achieving this critically important goal, CCE’s mission is focused on accelerating sustainable local energy production and storage.  

CCE’s Programs

To pursue its mission, CCE addresses and promotes the interests of private citizens, small businesses, underserved communities, and non-profits.  As an intervenor before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), CCE works to influence the development of energy policy that will enable CA to achieve critical decarbonization goals while simultaneously improving our electric grid and reducing energy costs.

In 2022, CCE programs are focusing on:

> Electric vehicles (EVs) and Vehicle-to-X* opportunities
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Promoting local microgrid development
> New models for solar carports to promote EV charging from solar during the day
> Building electrification and elimination of gas appliances

Through two grants from San Diego County, CCE is working to identify incentives that will motivate replacement of gas hot water heaters in rental properties throughout the county. This is being done to support critical goals identified in San Diego’s Regional Decarbonization Framework.

CCE is also growing its internship program for students and graduates of our local universities.Additionally, CCE engages the services of volunteers who care about our environment and the kinds of things we do.

* Vehicle-to-everything:  solutions for using energy stored in electric vehicle batteries to charge things such as homes (V2H) and other buildings (V2B), infrastructure (V2I) and devices (V2D), and so on. 

CCE Board Members and Management

Jose Torre-Bueno – Pres., Bd. Member, Exec. Director
Susan Wayo – Board Member & Director of Operations
David Dufek, Esq.– Vice Chair, Board Member
Lane Sharman – Board Member
Avery Kintner – Board Member
Jay Klopfenstein – Board Member
Eve Simmons – Board Member

 CCE Intern Associates and Volunteers Program

Education and community involvement are crucial parts of what we do at CCE. This includes an increasing emphasis and reliance on our growing Intern Associates Program as well as volunteers.  By working with CCE, interns receive professional guidance that can help them hone their skills and gain valuable real-world experiences and knowledge, especially in areas related to energy and environment.  In return, CCE is able to accomplish vital work that we could not otherwise afford to undertake.

Since early 2020, CCE has been recruiting Intern Associates from area colleges and universities that have included UC San Diego, Cal State San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene, and other California institutions.  At present, CCE has intern teams focused on carport and EV-related projects, research and outreach for the County-supported hot water heater project, website development support, and administration support.

CCE also recruits volunteers through sources that include VolunteerMatch, AARP, and our own website. 

Past and Current CCE Interns and Volunteers have included:
Alejandra Aranguren AlonsoEngineering
Chad Bear – Engineering and Analysis
Michael Casinelli Engineering Communications
Alberto Sanchez Cuadrado
– Engineering
Seth Dramen – Engineering

Paige Gehringer
Admin and Marketing
Hanna Hudson – Engineering
Lucia Urbelz Lopez-Puertas
– Engineering
Reid Murphy – Marcomm
Christine Partington – Marcomm
Kevin Peake –  Financial Modelling

Andrea Salas – Analyst
Aurora Seamanduras – Project Coordination
Sunny Su – Engineering
Arrianna Towner – Marcomm

The Center for Community Energy is a California corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit.