In 2002 California communities voiced their need for legislation that would provide local public control of their electrical supply. In response, Assembly Bill 117 the “Community Choice Aggregation Law” passed, allowing local governments to purchase electricity on behalf of their communities. Sonoma Clean Power was formed to provide a choice beyond a for-profit, investor-owned utility (PG&E).
Today SCP is a model for community choice programs throughout California. By providing higher percentages of renewable energy that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Sonoma Clean Power customers help solve the climate crisis at a local level.
March 20, 2011
Sonoma County Water Agency authorized to perform feasibility study and create steering committee.
October 1, 2011
Feasibility study published for new CCA.
October 9, 2011
Senate Bill 790 (Leno) “code of conduct” passed to provide protection for Community Choice programs from investor-owned utilities marketing against them.
October 18, 2011
Sonoma Clean Power feasibility study presented to Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The board authorizes further study.
November 2, 2011
Staff begins feasibility study presentations to eligible cities.
February 28, 2012
Sonoma County Water Agency completes CCA Market Survey.
March 8, 2012
Sonoma County Water Agency completes Commercial Market Survey.
October 8, 2012
Draft JPA presented to all eligible Sonoma County cities.
December 4, 2012
Joint Powers Agreement formed by the County of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Water Agency.
December 12, 2012
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors sets SCP’s goals and adopts Joint Powers Agreement.
February 22, 2013
Request for Proposal for first electricity supply contacts sent out to multiple suppliers.
April 8, 2013
Eleven power bids submitted to Sonoma Clean Power for evaluation.
April 23, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power Board of Directors votes to approve launch date for service to customers.
June 25, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power Board of Directors secures startup funds from First Community Bank (now Poppy Bank).
August 2, 2013
Geof Syphers named interim CEO by SCPA Board of Directors.
October 4, 2013
California Public Utilities Commission certifies Sonoma Clean Power Authority’s Implementation Plan giving SCP the right to serve customers.
October 17, 2013
First joint meeting of SCP Ratepayer Advisory and Business Operations Committees.
November 19, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power signed a contract with energy provider Constellation, an Exelon subsidiary, in a deal that allowed rates to be set below PG&E’s rates. Constellation was one of four power companies that made it to the final round of bidding to provide greener electricity to SCP’s residential and commercial
December 20, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power signs a deal for local renewable geothermal energy from CALPINE’s Geysers facility through 2023.
January 9, 2014
SCP’s first customer rates approved 2-3% lower than PG&E.
February 4, 2014
SCP enrollment notices sent out to first phase of Sonoma County customers.
May 1, 2014
Sonoma Clean Power launches EverGreen service that is 100% local renewable energy, the first of its kind in California. EverGreen provides clean energy to customers day and night with its unique baseload geothermal energy.
May 1, 2014
Sonoma Clean Power, the county’s new electricity provider, commemorated their first day of service to approximately 22,000 customers with a “flip the switch” celebration at their May 1st Board of Directors meeting.
August 1, 2014
Sonoma Clean Power’s ProFIT program promotes the development of new renewable energy systems by paying a fixed price of $95/megawatt-hour (MWh) to Sonoma County projects.
August 30, 2014
June 1, 2015
Sonoma Clean Power launches 1st day of service for Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Cloverdale customers.
June 3, 2015
Sonoma Clean Power pays off startup loan from First Community Bank (now Poppy Bank) 4 years earlier than expected.
June 19, 2015
Sonoma Clean Power hits 1000 EverGreen customers.
October 12, 2015
Analy High School students with a SWITCH Vehicle SCP sponsored Sebastopol-based Switch Electric Vehicles, Inc., a comprehensive program that teaches students (middle school, high school and college) the fundamentals of EV design, assembly, manufacturing and maintenance.
February 24, 2016
Sonoma Clean Power becomes certified as a green business through the County of Sonoma’s Green Business Program.
April 12, 2016
Sonoma Clean Power pays off the initial seed money loan from the Sonoma County Water Agency, officially making the agency debt-free.
May 1, 2016
Sonoma Clean Power finishes buying energy for Sonoma County customers through 2020.
October 27, 2016
Sonoma Clean Power launches new Drive EverGreen electric vehicle program, to support the agency’s goal to put 10,000 EVs on roads in service territory by the end of 2020 and a much grander goal of 100,000 EV by 2030.
January 1, 2017
Recurrent Energy’s new Mustang solar facility provides 70 MW to SCP customers.