Published on 06/24/2014
North Bay Business Journal | June 24, 2014
By J Quackenbush
A key element of legislation that advocates of Sonoma Clean Power and similar alternative-energy agencies insist would threaten their ability to form and operate could be switched off, thanks to state Senate action.
The requirement for electricity customers to opt-in to a community-choice aggregation (CCA) agency was dropped from Assembly Bill 2145 during a meeting of the state Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.
"We protected Sonoma County's right to participate in Sonoma Clean Power," Geof Syphers, agency CEO, said about that vote. The county's CCA started service May 1 and serves all areas but Healdsburg, which has its own utility, and opt-outers Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Cloverdale.