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.
July 3, 2013
Energy Consultant Geof Syphers will serve as interim CEO for Sonoma Clean Power, guiding the rollout of the countywide public power agency during its formative stages.
June 17, 2013
The Meritage Resort and Spa in south Napa received a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. …
California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance certified St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. …
Marin Theatre Company received a two-year $350,000 challenge grant from an anonymous Marin couple. …
June 3, 2013
One of the benefits of an electricity purchasing program which is non-profit and publicly-owned, is that revenues can be retained and available for reinvestment on behalf of the public. Sonoma Clean Power intends to offer a number of incentive programs to do just this. One investment vehicle will be the expansion of energy efficiency programs for homes 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.
May 6, 2013
One of the benefits of an electricity purchasing program which is non-profit and publicly-owned, is that revenues can be retained and available for reinvestment on behalf of the public. Sonoma Clean Power intends to offer a number of incentive programs to do just this. One investment vehicle will be the expansion of energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses. There are currently a number of energy efficiency programs offered in Sonoma County by PG&E and these programs will continue to be available for all Sonoma County residents and businesses. Sonoma Clean Power will build upon these existing programs to offer an expanded service to customers.
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.
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