Clean Power Healthy Communities Conference

Woody Hastings, CPC’s Renewable Energy Implementation Manager, introduced the keynote speaker, Bill Gallegos, Executive Director of the statewide group Communities for a Better Environment, to the 150 attendees at the third annual Clean Power Healthy Communities conference on May 10th. Woody is a Steering Committee member of the Oakland based Local Clean Energy Alliance, which […]

Sonoma Clean Power vs. PG&E’s “Green Option” Program

Background: April 10, 2012, the Sonoma County Water Agency Board voted unanimously to continue its evaluation of Sonoma Clean Power. Since 2011 the Sonoma County Water Agency has studied the feasibility and desirability of implementing Sonoma Clean Power, a local program that will buy and generate electricity for businesses and residents to reduce local greenhouse […]

County Advances Sonoma Clean Power

On April 10 the Sonoma County Water Agency voted unanimously to take the next steps toward Sonoma Clean Power, a local program that buys and generates electricity for business and residents. The Board voted to pursue the creation of a Joint Powers Authority that would govern the program, and to produce the program’s Implementation Plan […]

Water Agency Board Votes Unanimously – YES! To Sonoma Clean Power!

Today the Sonoma County Water Agency voted unanimously to continue evaluating community choice aggregation (CCA) for Sonoma County, now officially dubbed “Sonoma Clean Power.” The Board Actions include: Developing more detailed information about governance structures Investigating the incorporation of significant new energy efficiency in order to reduce rates Evaluating varying “power mixes” to optimize the […]

News Release: Governor Brown signs SB 790 supporting local clean power

  For Immediate Release                                                                        Contact: Woody Hastings Climate Protection Campaign October 10, 2011                                                                                (707) 525-1665 x117     A Boost for Local Clean Power from Sacramento Governor Brown signs SB 790 supporting community-based energy programs   On Oct. 8 Governor Brown signed legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 790, that will significantly improve the ability of […]

Governor Signs SB 790 in Support of Local Clean Power

Today Governor Brown signed SB 790 (Leno) that strengthens the original 2002 law that enables California communities to establish their own clean power programs known as community choice aggregation (CCA). This is great news for Sonoma County’s prospective CCA, Sonoma Clean Power. The law establishes a “code of conduct” that the electric utility must abide […]

Sonoma Clean Power (community choice) Meeting on October 18th

On October 18th the Sonoma County Water Agency will receive a report on the results of a six-month Feasibility Study for community choice aggregation, also known as Sonoma Clean Power, in Sonoma County. Sonoma Clean Power, once established, will offer Sonoma customers a choice about the source of their electrical power. One of the primary […]

KRCB Interview with Woody Hastings – Sonoma Clean Power – JULY 12

Sonoma Clean Power was featured in an interview with Woody Hastings in the North Bay Report on July 12th on KRCB: “Using the money we pay for electricity to fund the creation of renewable power sources is the concept behind Sonoma Clean Power. From chicken manure to geothermal steam, Sonoma County is ripe with renewable energy […]

Victory for Local Renewable Energy in Sacramento

Implementation Manager Woody Hastings last month helped mobilize a broad coalition to oppose Assembly Bill 976, a serious threat to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) – known here as Sonoma Clean Power. CCA is the most powerful solution under local control to develop renewable power and create green jobs. AB 976 would have prohibited a newly-formed CCA from contracting with […]

Arguments against wind, solar power don’t add up

Press Democrat:  By Geof Syphers and Carl Mears, June 18, 2011 “Robert Bryce’s conclusions about solar and wind in his attack on California’s renewable energy standards are dead wrong (“When wind and solar power don’t add up,” Sunday Forum, June 12). First, his assumption that solar power requires large centralized systems located in far away […]