On April 23, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to move ahead with setting up a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) clean power agency just like Marin’s MCE. This vote means that approximately 100,000 homes in the unincorporated parts of the county will start receiving their electricity from “Sonoma Clean Power” in January 2014, unless they opt-out to stay with PG&E. As in Marin and Richmond, transmission, distribution and billing will continue to be provided by PG&E.
The next step in Sonoma will be for the incorporated cities to each vote whether or not to join Sonoma Clean Power. The goal is to have all these votes complete by the end of June. If all cities join, the total customer base for SPC will be approximately 220,000 homes and businesses.
The initial product of the new agency will be 33% renewable (vs. PG&E’s current 20% renewable.) It is not clear yet whether SCP will also offer a 100% renewable option like MCE’s “Deep Green.”
You can read local press coverage here and here. Also just like Marin is the establishment newspaper’s implacable opposition to community choice. You can read the Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s anti clean energy editorial here.