History

The History of Sonoma Clean Power

The formation of SCP was made possible by the passage, in 2002, of California Assembly Bill 117, enabling communities to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses; creating competition in power generation, supporting lower prices and accelerating the development of local renewable power generation.

In 2008, the Climate Protection Campaign issued the Sonoma County Community Action Plan, which introduced Community Choice Aggregation as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Sonoma County.

The Sonoma County Water Agency began seriously exploring the formation of a community power program in 2011 at the urging of local residents and businesses. A steering committee formed in early 2011, composed of city council members, city managers and staff, business people, activists and other interested parties.

After more than two years of research, public opinion polling, and a detailed feasibility study, the County deepened its efforts, encouraged by the public’s response and the impressive potential to generate positive local results.

A detailed implementation plan was drafted in 2012 by the Sonoma County Water Agency and updated in 2013, outlining the core program of buying power from cleaner sources. To complement the implementation plan, a series of educational meetings was held in the cities who were invited to participate in Sonoma Clean Power. That tour was followed by city council voting to determine which cities would allow their residents and businesses join Sonoma Clean Power.  All participating cities include Cloverdale, Cotati, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, unincorporated Sonoma County and the Town of Windsor.

We’ve started with power that has lower greenhouse gas emissions than PG&E with an option to buy 100 percent local renewable power. Where we go next is up to our communities.

 

Steps taken by Sonoma County to create a clean energy future.

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