16 percent opt out of Marin Clean Energy, below agency forecast

NORTH BAY – One in six energy customers -- or about 16 percent -- in the first phase of the changeover from PG&E to the Marin Energy Authority have opted out of the local program.

Of the 8,252 customers who were noticed for Phase I, 1,330 opted out and 6,922 are enrolled.

“Our implementation plan was based on a 25 percent opt-out rate,” said Leslie Alden, aide to Supervisor Charles McGlashan, chair of Marin Energy Authority.

“We wanted to be as conservative in our planning as possible. But our agency could actually withstand a more substantial hit without undue injury.”

This is the first phase of the “community choice aggregation,” or CCA, which provides power to residents as an alternative to the current power provider.

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