First Marin, now Sonoma moves on energy program

SONOMA COUNTY -- The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has allocated $150,000 for a study on community choice aggregation (CCA), which would allow the sale of power directly to residents and businesses, bypassing PG&E.

The board also approved up to $100,000 for Rusty Klassen, formerly a Water Agency employee and now affiliated with Marshall-based energy consultancy Local Power to develop the water agency’s renewable energy programs. 

“We’ve been gathering data on developing lower carbon energy resources in Sonoma County, among other regions, for RESCO, the non-profit wholesaler of electricity for rural areas,” said Paul Fenn, founder and president of Local Power.

The water agency had received a $1 million grant from RESCO for advance work on what is known in energy circles as a “soft landing” scenario.

“That refers to as painless as possible transition to energy conservation and sustainable production,” he said.

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