June 30, 2014
In 2002 the California legislature passed a law enabling cities and counties to establish Community Choice programs such as Sonoma Clean Power and Marin Clean Energy. PG&E spent millions of dollars trying to defeat community choice and the voters said no resoundingly.
Customers of these new programs are starting to reap benefits that go beyond the vision legislators had in 2002.
But community choice will be crushed if Assembly Bill 2145 passes.
June 30, 2014
Raven Castro was hired as member relations and advertising coordinator at Sonoma County Farm Bureau …
Sonoma Clean Power has hired Kelly Foley as its general counsel. Kate Kelly has been named director, public affairs and marketing of the agency. Jonna Ramey has been hired to serve as customer service director. Amy Rider joined the Sonoma Clean Power management team as program manager…
Mark Bramfitt will serve as the Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission’s (LAFCO) executive officer…
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of a new health officer, Karen Milman…
Otolaryngologist Susan R. Cordes, M.D. joined Ukiah Valley Medical Center…
Napa-based Payroll Masters announce that Daniel Lowenthal has joined the company as its new Sonoma County Sales representative…
Gaw Van Male announced the recent arrival of Laura Srebro and Katy Barfield to its estate planning practice and its winery and vineyard team in Napa…
Viveka Rydell, CEO of PDI Surgery Center, has joined Empire College School of Law’s faculty as a professor of business organizations…
Wine Institute elected twp local representatives to its board as officers: Margie Healy of Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, second vice chairman, and Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards in Napa, secretary.
June 24, 2014
SANTA ROSA — A key element of legislation that advocates of Sonoma Clean Power and similar alternative-energy agencies insist would threaten their ability to form and operate could be switched off, thanks to state Senate action Monday.
June 13, 2014
Registration for the 14th annual Women in Business Awards Gala, including a keynote address by Zappos.com Director of HR Hollie Delaney, will close June 20. “This is an awards gala, but we invite the broader business community to attend to hear the story of one of the world’s most interesting and innovative companies,” said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger.
June 2, 2014
When we think of renewable energy we mostly think of power from the sky such as solar and wind. And when we think of what we should phase out, we picture underground sources such as coal, oil, and fossil gas. However, one underground power source is relatively benign and counts toward California’s renewable energy goals – geothermal.
June 2, 2014
April 10, 2014: The Climate Protection Campaign hosted a gathering at Connie Codding’s home to offer a forum for leadership discussions on renewable energy choices made available to Sonoma County communities through the recent launch of Sonoma Clean Power.
May 1, 2014
SANTA ROSA — After three years of planning, Sonoma County’s new renewable energy-focused electricity provider, Sonoma Clean Power, on Thursday officially began serving its first group of over 20,000 customers.
March 31, 2014
SONOMA COUNTY — Sonoma County’s startup public power agency is drawing closer to the onset of service in May, seeing higher-than-expected enrollment and savings for its first round of customers compared to Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
March 3, 2014
“We harvest the sun to make products,” says Jim Happ, president of Labcon in Petaluma.
He radiates enthusiasm due to his company’s profitable adoption of solar powered manufacturing. “I think the local business message should be, ‘Come to Sonoma County and harvest the sun.’”
Editor’s note: This new column, Powering the Bottom Line, was developed in collaboration with the Sonoma County Climate Protection Campaign. This column and future ones will deal with how business can harness renewable energy resources.
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 15, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Sonoma County’s startup public power agency is set to consider the purchase of a portion of its electricity supply locally from the Geysers, the world’s largest complex of geothermal power plants located along the Sonoma and Lake County border, according to material presented to the agency’s governing board.
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.
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.
October 14, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Developing circles of relationships that result in dollars and jobs staying in North Bay communities, as well as sharing resources and transition today’s business models toward partnerships, cooperatives and bartering networks will be effective in the emerging “new economy,” according to speakers at the Invest Local Conference.
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 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.