Sonoma County Approves Clean Power Authority
Clean Edge News
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Water Agency Board of Directors recently approved several actions to move forward with the development of a Community Choice Aggregation Program (Sonoma Clean Power) in Sonoma County. The Sonoma Clean Power Program would allow one or more cities and/or counties to purchase and provide power generation services to customers within a defined service area.
Board of Supervisors and Water Agency Chair Shirlee Zane said, “The steps taken today by our Board will move us forward with developing the final pieces needed to make a determination regarding the Sonoma Clean Power Program. Sonoma Clean Power can provide multiple benefits to our community. These include greenhouse gas reductions resulting from greener, less carbon-intensive energy sources as well as job creation through the implementation of local efficiency and power projects, and local control.”
The Board approved a $50,000 funding agreement with the Marin Energy Authority to provide consulting services to the Sonoma Clean Power Authority during the upcoming program process. The Marin Energy Authority is a Community Choice Aggregation Program that has been successfully launched in Marin County. The agreement will allow the Sonoma Clean Power Authority to have the benefit of Marin’s experience and information during the implementation process.
The Sonoma Clean Power Program would allow one or more cities and/or counties to form a service area that provides for the purchase of power generation of customers within that service area. Transmission, distribution, customer service and billing remain the same, delivered through the existing utility (PG&E). Customers within this service area can opt out of participating in the Program and continue to receive their power generation services through the existing utility.