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County to present public-power plan in Sebastopol

By BOB NORBERG
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma County will be presenting its plan for a countywide public power agency on Tuesday to the Sebastopol City Council.

Called Community Choice Aggregation, the county is proposing a joint-powers agency between the county and cities that would buy energy on the wholesale market.

It would be an alternative to purchasing power from PG&E, although PG&E would still maintain the infrastructure.

The program is also seen as a way to boost investment in clean and renewable energy sources, create jobs and reduce greenhouse emissions.

The Sonoma County Water Agency has been giving the hour-long presentations to each of the cities.

The Sebastopol City Council is meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Youth Annex.





8 Responses to “County to present public-power plan in Sebastopol”

  1. Sonoma Citizen says:

    Sonoma Clean Power will increase the revenues of the Water Agency by fourfold and its capital budget by fifty fold. This is is a billion dollar addition to the debt obligations of County taxpayers. How qualified is the Water Agency to serve as steward of the public trust in a financial environment where we have pension obligations of over a billion, an unfunded road budget of one billion? Here’s the story the Press Democrat is not reporting: the Water Agency
    –exempt from Grand Jury scrutiny, protected by a complicit County Counsel, fronted for by the County Auditor/Contoller, and relied upon as paymaster for Supervisors political favors–has crafted a high risk/ low benefit billion dollar cornucopia for payoffs to county insiders.

    Stay tuned. If you think the casino shenanigans by Senator Boxer, Darius Anderson, Doug Boxer, Michael Allen and our other insiders are ambitious, Sonoma Clean Power is a screenplay in the making for very big box office, our local version of Watergate

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  2. RICHARD says:

    Sonoma County already produces power from decaying waste at the dump. PG&E pays a lot less for the power the county puts into the grid than what it charges for the power the county takes out of the grid.

    During the 1980′s Enron induced power crisis, public-owned-power customers did not experience the huge cost increases that PG&E customers experienced. Public-owned-power customers in Healdsburg were paying a lot less for power than PG&E customers in Santa Rosa.

    Yes, we should be concerned about too intrusive government. However if this is done right, it can be a good thing.

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  3. RICHARD says:

    The public power department should be separate from all other county departments and agencies; with its own budget and books. All funds collected by it ought be used for power and power only.

    It should be subject to the state PUC. It certainly ought not be formed like ‘SMART’, a stand alone entity that writes its own rules.

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  4. Jim Bennett says:

    More public utility shenanigans.

    Sonoma County Water Agency? No trust there.

    More convoluted crap, harder for the ‘rate payer’ to dicern.

    I bet this is partly to isolate PG&E from liability once people realize their role in what’s comin’.

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  5. Snarky says:

    Once local government has

    FULLY repaired the roads

    FULLY repaired the sidewalks

    FULLY brought their deficit spending under control, ….

    FULLY solved the public pension mess..

    THEN,,,,, I will listen to their silly idea that they can provide us with better energy supplies.

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  6. The Hammer says:

    Government needs to be downsized, period.

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  7. Steveguy says:

    More $200,000 pensions for the treasonous.

    I like the idea, as the ratepayers are nothing, and the raping of the public trust means a quicker downfall.

    We totally need to start over.

    What part of ” UNSUSTAINABLE” do they not understand ? Which part ? Oh my.

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  8. MendoTech says:

    Another government agency: More bureaucrats. More managers. More salaries. More huge retirements after some minimum amount of time “serving the public.”

    What’s not to like?

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