Sonoma Clean Power to become Willits’ default provider
POSTED: 03/09/17, 1:15 PM PST
Willits residents can expect changes to their electric bills starting in June.
Sonoma Clean Power, which became Mendocino County’s main electric supplier last fall, is bringing its services to Willits. Starting on the city’s June meter read date, all homes and businesses will automatically be enrolled in the power agency’s default service, running on 36 percent renewable power compared to PG&E’s 30, according to Erica Torgerson, Sonoma Clean Power’s director of customer service.
Sonoma Clean Power, a public but privately-funded agency serving Sonoma County since 2014, boasts cleaner power and lower prices than PG&E, acting as its “competitive partner,” according to Kate Kelly, director of public affairs and marketing. The two compete on the delivery side, but not on the generation side (collecting the energy from the source), and they share customers.
Customers have the option to opt out of the new service for free within the first 60 days if they’re concerned about reliability, which some Sonoma County customers in 2014 cited as their reason for declining the service, CEO Geof Syphers told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. He said that reliability would remain the same because those aspects did not change hands. The agency’s current participation rate (customers that have not opted out) in Sonoma County is 88 percent, Torgerson said in an email. Customers can also upgrade to the ultimate eco-friendly service that uses 100 percent renewable power and costs about 1 percent or $13 more per month.