December 30, 2013
SONOMA COUNTY — While planners for a new public power agency in Sonoma County have celebrated a number of milestones in 2013, 2014 will mark what could easily be the renewable energy-focused provider’s greatest milestone yet – the onset of electricity service to its first group of 20,000 customers.
December 19, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Planners for a new renewable energy–focused public power agency in Sonoma County on Thursday revealed that the optional all-renewables program will source its electricity entirely from the nearby network of geothermal power plants on the border of Sonoma and Lake counties, adding solar photovoltaic sources in the future.
December 12, 2013
SANTA ROSA — The final retail rates that future customers will pay for electricity service under a new renewable energy-focused public power agency in Sonoma County are coming into greater focus, following a preliminary pricing framework released to two of the agency’s key committees this week.
November 19, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Sonoma County’s startup public power agency has signed its first power supply contract with Constellation, a deal that agency staff announced will allow average retail rates that are lower than Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s projected rates in 2014.
November 5, 2013
(UPDATED NOV. 7, 11:50 A.M.) SANTA ROSA — Planners for Sonoma County’s startup public power agency have received authorization to enter final negotiations for its first electricity supply contract, with pre-approval from the agency’s governing board to pursue a best offer that matches or beats next year’s anticipated average retail rates from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
November 4, 2013
The county of Napa has taken a public step towards exploring future electricity service from a Marin County-based public power agency, setting in motion a process that could one day give ratepayers in Napa County’s unincorporated areas access to an alternate utility.
October 28, 2013
Santa Rosa’s First Community Bank has partnered with Marin Clean Energy to launch an on-bill repayment program for energy-efficiency improvement projects, offering what the power agency said is a convenient and cost-competitive financing option for its power customers in Marin County and the city of Richmond.
August 5, 2013
The governing board that will oversee the first operating year of a renewable energy-focused public power agency in Sonoma County took shape last Thursday, as the agency’s joint powers authority grew to include the cities that recently voted to allow the agency to offer power to its residents and businesses.
July 29, 2013
Marin Energy Authority, which administers Marin Clean Energy, has signed a power purchase agreement with Calpine Energy Services for 10 megawatts of geothermal power served from The Geysers in Sonoma and Lake counties. …
Veale Outdoor Advertising has partnered with the city of Rohnert Park to build a state-of-the-art digital display, the first of its kind in Sonoma County. …
Southern Sonoma and Sotoyome resource conservation districts merged to become the Sonoma Resource Conservation District. …
Sonoma County Water Agency received a $158,000 grant from the Department of Water Resources to support the continued implementation of the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Management Program. …
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors awarded a $6,500 grant to the Windsor Fire Protection District to purchase a quick attack swift water rescue boat. …
July 22, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power, the local program to buy and produce electricity, may be one of the most exciting opportunities for Sonoma County businesses in years. We often talk about voting with our wallets and supporting local businesses, well this is our chance to walk our talk!
July 9, 2013
SANTA ROSA — After months of debate concerning Santa Rosa’s say in the governance of a renewable energy-focused public power agency under development in Sonoma County, representatives of the county’s largest city voted Tuesday to become the latest municipality to allow the agency to serve its residents and businesses.
May 6, 2013
Amy Bolten is public information officer for the Energy Resources Group of Sonoma County Water Agency.
She is set to speak on projects related to the water agency and the proposed Sonoma Clean Power program at Construction Conference 2013, hosted by the Business Journal in Santa Rosa on May 15.
Ms. Bolten and SCEIP manager Jane Elias, a 14-year veteran of green building and energy, spoke with the Journal about construction activity generated by these agencies and programs.
April 29, 2013
Marin Clean Energy unveiled a new, free energy savings tool available to homeowners in the Marin County and Richmond. … Novato City Council voted unanimously for the city become a customer of Marin Clean Energy ….
Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RH), based in Corte Madera, reported net revenues increased 25 percent for its 2012–2013 fiscal year. …
Town Center Corte Madera (shopttowncenter.com) recently completed a renovation of the center’s office building, whose lobby now has what’s possibly Marin County’s first indoor “living wall.” …
North Bay Leadership Council is gearing up for the third year of its Algebra Academy program this summer in San Rafael and Novato. …
AT&T expanded its high-speed 4G LTE cell phone network to include areas of the North Bay. …
Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), whose Cardio and Vascular division is based in Santa Rosa, announced Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance and the first U.S. clinical uses of its new Affinity Fusion oxygenation system. …
April 26, 2013
As Sonoma County’s political leaders continue to move forward with the process of setting up a county-wide public power agency, many in the business community are examining what the renewable energy-focused proposal would mean to their operations.
April 22, 2013
One of the catalysts for investigating Sonoma Clean Power is the potential for economic development benefits of developing locally owned and controlled electricity generation assets. With its goal to purchase 33 percent renewable energy at program launch and ramping up to 50 percent renewable energy by 2018, Sonoma Clean Power would provide a stable market for sellers of renewable energy. This market and ability to sign long-term contracts for the purchase of renewable electricity will stimulate local development of clean power projects. Projects could include solar systems on warehouse roofs, small wind farms or biogas digesters using waste from food processors and wineries.
April 18, 2013
SONOMA COUNTY — Offering the clearest picture yet of expected pricing from a renewable energy-focused power agency under development in Sonoma County, a new report shows that a typical business customer in the launch phase of Sonoma Clean Power could expect to pay between 3.1 percent less per month and a half-percent more than conventional utility rates.
April 1, 2013
HEALDSBURG — Santa Rosa-based Climate Protection Campaign is hosting a forum this week for the local wine industry on the impact the proposed Sonoma Clean Power agency could have on their businesses.
February 18, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power is a community choice aggregation program being developed by the Sonoma County Water Agency to purchase electricity for Sonoma County customers. This program has multiple benefits and risks, is complex and not well understood by Sonoma County residents and businesses. In order to help the North Bay Business Journal readers understand the various aspects of Sonoma Clean Power, the Journal is partnering with the Sonoma County Water Agency to publish a series of articles discussing the various aspects of this effort. This article, the sixth in the series, discusses the potential risks and benefits of developing a community choice aggregation program in Sonoma County.
February 11, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power is a program being developed by the Sonoma County Water Agency to purchase electricity for Sonoma County customers. This program has multiple benefits and risks, is complex and not well understood by Sonoma County residents and businesses. In order to help the North Bay Business Journal readers understand the various aspects of Sonoma Clean Power, the Journal is partnering with the Sonoma County Water Agency to publish a series of articles discussing the various aspects of this effort. This article, the fifth in the series, discusses the goals of Sonoma Clean Power.
January 7, 2013
From January to June of 2012 a series of surveys and interviews were conducted among Sonoma County residents and businesses to determine the public’s opinion of a community choice aggregation (CCA) program in Sonoma County.
The results of these surveys indicated general support from the public however a significant level of skepticism was present within the business community. A lack of information about CCA and its impact in Sonoma County was one of the clearest outcomes of the survey process and was one of the leading drivers for this series of articles regarding Sonoma Clean Power.
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