Sonoma Clean Power Authority Created
On December 4, Sonoma County, California, moved several giant steps forward in developing a Community Choice Aggregation program that could reduce greenhouse gases through decreased reliance on carbon-intensive energy sources and create jobs through implementation of local energy efficiency and power projects. The Sonoma County Gazette reports that the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Sonoma Water Agency Board of Directors approved the following measures:
- Creation of a joint powers authority creating the Sonoma Clean Power Authority
- Adoption of an ordinance authorizing implementation of a CCA, as required by California law
- Approval of a $50,000 funding agreement with the Marin Energy Authority, California's first clean-energy CCA, which will provide consulting services during program implementation
These measures are important milestones in advancing the public power venture. As the Press Democrat reports, "the board action, which came before a packed, largely supportive audience, is the most significant step forward for the effort after 20 months of studies, surveys and public meetings." Supporters include environmental groups, union officials, and some business groups. According to one of those supporters, Dick Dowd, a Santa Rosa developer who serves on the board of the Climate Protection Campaign, which has pushed for the public power program, "This will be a tremendous stimulus to our local businesses and our local economy."
The Sonoma Clean Power Authority will be overseen initially by the Board of Supervisors and will continue to be staffed and supported by the Sonoma County Water Agency. SCP management has prompted comments by some business and community groups. The Climate Protection Campaign, the Sonoma County Alliance, and the North Coast Builders Exchange encourage inclusion of private-sector expertise on the Sonoma Clean Power board of directors. In a letter to the County Board of Supervisors prior to creation of the JPA, CPC expressed the desire that "decision makers and key staff have proven expertise in leadership, management, energy, innovative start-ups, financing, and fiscal management."
LEAN extends its congratulations to California's next clean-energy CCA.
Learn more about Sonoma Clean Power at http://www.scwa.ca.gov/cca/
or contact Program Manager Cordel Stillman at firstname.lastname@example.org.