Sonoma Clean Power Welcomes Youth Advisor to Community Advisory Committee
Credo High Student Kai Guthrie Joins Sonoma Clean Power’s Committee
(Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma Clean Power, the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, has appointed a special member to its Community Advisory Committee.
Kai Guthrie of Sebastopol is a freshman at Credo High School in Rohnert Park. After expressing an interest in volunteering with SCP, Guthrie was appointed to SCP’s Community Advisory Committee by the Agency’s Board of Directors. Kai brings a unique perspective as the first-ever youth member.
The Community Advisory Committee is appointed by the SCP Board, and is charged with reviewing SCP’s programs, budget and rates, and advising the Board on general planning and business issues. Current members of the committee have expertise in management, finance, infrastructure development, renewable power generation, power sales and marketing, energy conservation, and public relations.
“As the Chairman of SCP’s Community Advisory Committee, I am delighted that Kai is now a participant in the discussions at the meetings,” said Dick Dowd, Committee Chair. “It is so important that the next generation has input into the decisions regarding renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are part of the CAC role in the operations of Sonoma Clean Power.”
As a high school student and future stakeholder, Kai will serve as a liaison to the youth population of Sonoma County. Though he is a non-voting member, he will be able to provide valuable input from a different perspective while gaining experience learning about the various responsibilities and powers of the Committee.
“I’m glad SCP’s Board appointed Kai to serve on the Community Advisory Committee,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers. “I’ve got high expectations that he will help us stay creative and invent solutions,” Syphers added.
Despite being only a freshman in high school, Kai has already gained experience working and volunteering with organizations such as Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Schools for Climate Action. SCP is proud to assist Kai in further developing his leadership and advocacy skills, and greatly looks forward to his contributions to the Committee.
Toward the end of Kai’s one-year term, SCP will conduct recruitment to students within the Agency’s service territory for 2019.