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Sonoma Clean Power says rates will beat PG&E’s

Cleaner power and competitive rates. Those twin goals have driven the development of Sonoma County’s startup public power agency since it was proposed years ago by local climate activists and business interests. Now supporters of the venture say they will deliver on both counts, after officials overseeing Sonoma Clean Power on Thursday formally approved retail rates that will beat those set for PG&E for power generation this year.

Santa Rosans to make up half of Sonoma Clean Power board

Starting this week, half the governing board overseeing the launch of Sonoma County’s public power agency will consist of elected officials based in Santa Rosa.

The shakeup, driven by moves to fill Sonoma Clean Power’s expanded eight-person board, will retain two Santa Rosa-based county supervisors — Shirlee Zane and Susan Gorin — and add two Santa Rosa city council members.

Sonoma Clean Power clears way for Santa Rosa

Board members overseeing Sonoma County’s startup public power agency unanimously approved a revised governing agreement Thursday, satisfying Santa Rosa’s core concerns and paving the way for the county’s largest city to officially join the venture Tuesday.

Sonoma Clean Power debate: Can electricity be both green and cheap?

Electricity from Sonoma County’s fledgling public power agency can be cheap or green, and there may be conflict over the choice, Sebastopol Mayor Michael Kyes said.

‘Green costs more,’ said Kyes, who will be seated later this month on the governing board of Sonoma Clean Power, the local agency that aims to displace PG&E as the area’s leading energy provider.

But Geof Syphers, interim CEO of Sonoma Clean Power, said the agency aims to deliver power that is both cleaner and cheaper than PG&E.

Cities’ clout at issue in first Sonoma Clean Power meeting

A tussle for control over the future of Sonoma Clean Power dominated the agency’s first public meeting Tuesday, with county officials rejecting for now a request by smaller cities for more say over how the agency is governed.

Sonoma Clean Power expected to tweak policies at Tuesday meeting

Sonoma County officials are set to debut a fledgling public power agency next week by taking on several key decisions in the first open meeting of the Sonoma Clean Power Authority.

Sonoma City Council hears public power pitch

Sonoma County officials made their final clean power pitch Monday night to a mostly receptive audience in Sonoma.

Cotati City Council warms to county power agency

Sonoma County officials appear close to enlisting another city into the fold of its clean power agency — albeit one of the smaller ones.

Rohnert Park City Council hears public power agency pitch

Third District Supervisor Shirlee Zane aimed high at the Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday, as the political campaign to convince cities to join the county’s public power agency continued.

City councils to hear plans for public power agency in Sonoma County

Sonoma County officials have announced a schedule of presentations to local city councils over the next two months on the county’s plans for a public power agency.

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