31 Mar

We are thrilled to launch LEAN Energy US, a national non-profit supporting the advancement of community energy aggregation programs like Marin Clean Energy in California and Cape Light Compact in Massachusetts.

LEAN Energy is fueled by the vision of open energy markets, consumer choice, the rapid expansion of renewables and energy efficiency, and an aggressive reduction in climate emissions.  Within the basic CCA (Community Choice Aggregation) framework, LEAN recognizes that a diverse range of approaches, timelines, and policy objectives will be pursued. CCA is a tool for local government, not a prescription, and the approach of any given CCA will reflect the values and demands of its locale.

Special thanks to those who participated in the initial CCA Network white paper published in January, which formed the basis for LEAN Energy US.  We also want to acknowledge Galvin Electricity Initiative for providing critical start-up support and for championing community energy aggregation as “the country’s number one tool” for reducing climate emissions and accelerating the energy transformation underway in our country.  The white paper can be found on Galvin’s website:


The great news is that the phones are ringing! Communities from Northern to Southern California and from Colorado to New York have requested information and engagement in their own investigations of the community aggregation model. We are working on several California fronts and creating nationally accessible templates as well.  Our website and online resources are in development and we’ll be hosting a national strategy session to help identify areas of potential collaboration, new markets, technical resources, and policy strategies.  Stay tuned…

Do send us your feedback and ideas, and feel free to contact us for more information.

shawnmarshall(at)leanenergyus.org • meganmatson(at)leanenergyus.org

LEAN Energy belongs to all of us who care deeply about the environment, our local economies, and our energy future. We hope you’ll join us in this vitally important endeavor.

What’s all this about?  Community energy aggregation is a program that allows local jurisdictions to pool, or aggregate, the electric load of their residents, businesses and other institutions in order to buy and generate electricity on their behalf. Often described as a hybrid model, energy aggregation focuses on the supply side of the business and partners with existing utilities for power distribution, line maintenance, and customer billing.  This innovative model has proven it can deliver significant environmental and economic benefits at the regional and local levels.

LEAN ENERGY US • Local Energy Aggregation Network

LEAN Energy US is formed to expand the CCA model into new communities and States.  Work underway includes: CCA legislation in CA (SB 790/Leno), development of a national website and information clearinghouse for legal and technical documents, case studies to articulate the significant greenhouse gas reduction and local economic benefits of CCA, numerous speaking engagements, and technical assistance for local and statewide groups that want to understand CCA and how to get it started in their community.


SHAWN E. MARSHALL, Executive Director. Shawn is a founding board member and Vice Chair of the Marin Energy Authority (MEA), a California joint powers agency that operates the State’s first community choice aggregation program, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently named one of the top 20 renewable energy purchasers in the nation. In addition to her positions with LEAN Energy and Marin Energy Authority, Marshall serves on the Mill Valley City Council and was the City’s Mayor in 2008.  President of the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers, Marshall serves on the executive committee of the League of California Cities North Bay Division, which represents 31 cities in Sacramento. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis.

MEGAN MATSON, Strategy and Policy Director. Megan did intensive organizing, outreach, and grassroots regulatory engagement in support of California’s first CCA, including statewide organizing as field director with TURN to defeat PG&E’s anti-CCA ballot initiative, Prop 16. She ran multiple national online campaigns previous to her work at LEAN, and is committed to achieving CCA’s promise nationally. Matson holds a B.A. degree from Yale University.

JOHN KELLY, LEAN Energy Board Member and Deputy Director, Galvin Electricity Initiative, Inc.www.galvinpower.org

As Deputy Director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, Mr. Kelly is leading research into improved electricity governance models and the development of innovative Perfect Power prototypes (e.g. microgrids) that will catalyze grid investment and innovation.  These prototypes are being designed to serve as a test bed where innovative designs, technologies and polices can be developed/refined.  Mr. Kelly has provided consulting services to the electric and natural gas industries for 30 years – focusing the past decade on developing innovative sustainable energy plans and designs for cities, large multiuse developments, and commercial buildings.  This experience includes developing new consulting practices for Sargent and Lundy, Duke Engineering, and the Gas Technology Institute, as well as, co-founding Endurant Energy and Intelligent Power Partners.

Mr. Kelly completed studies in restructuring, environmental engineering, and energy engineering and has been a featured speaker on sustainable development, smart grids, utility restructuring, district energy, distributed energy, and energy markets.  He is a founder of the National Energy Center for Sustainable Communities (www.necsc.us), and is also one of the founders and past treasurer of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (www.mwalliance.org).  Mr. Kelly received a degree of Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a certificate in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

DANIEL DOUGLASS, ESQ., LEAN Energy Board Member and principal,

Douglass & Liddell, P.C. www.energyattorney.com

Dan Douglass specializes in energy law issues, serving producers, marketers and end-users in the natural gas, electricity and independent power industries.

His particular specialty is regulatory and transactional work for energy service providers, generation owners, community choice aggregators and large consumers of electricity and natural gas.  He founded the Direct Access Alliance, which was successful in convincing the California Public Utilities Commission to approve uniform statewide rules for electricity competition as opposed to utility-specific rules.  He co-founded the Western Power Trading Forum, a trade association of generators, energy service providers and investment houses, which he represents in various CPUC and FERC proceedings.  He represents the Alliance for Retail Energy Markets, an association of energy service providers who serve most of the state’s direct access customers, as well as the Direct Access Customer Coalition, a regulatory alliance of numerous individual direct access customers, such as the University of California, California State Universities, Walmart, Safeway, IBM, Cargill, Federated/Macy’s and Albertson’s Inc.  Mr. Douglass also represents the Marin Energy Authority, the state’s first operating community choice aggregation program.  Prior to Douglass & Liddell, he was a partner with the national firm of Arter & Hadden, where he headed the firm’s California energy practice.

Mr. Douglass adds significant value to his clients due to the perspective gained from having spent over a third of his career in management positions in the energy industry.  His background includes senior managerial positions in the utility, pipeline, marketing and independent power industries.  Before entering private practice, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of LG&E Power Inc.  Prior to that position, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the natural gas marketing company Cook Inlet Energy Supply.  During his tenure in marketing and gas supply positions at Southern California Gas Company, he conceived and implemented the nation’s first large-volume spot market utility gas purchasing program and California’s first natural gas transportation program.  As Senior Counsel for Pacific Lighting Corporation (now Sempra Energy) his legal efforts included various domestic and international legal transactions.

Mr. Douglass holds a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Graduate School of Management.  His undergraduate degree in political science is also from UCLA.