EDITOR: I was shocked to read your Friday editorial concerning Sonoma Clean Power ("County's rush to launch power agency"). Sonoma Clean Power would take us from the 19 percent level of renewable energy supplied by PG&E to a 33 percent level of clean, renewable energy at the outset, with hopes of increasing that level down the road.
Marin County has an existing and successful community choice aggregation program that Sonoma County has used as a model, studied extensively and can improve upon.
The source of renewable energy will be determined as the proposals of the 11 bidders to supply power are studied.
From the outset, the goals of Sonoma Clean Power are to use locally produced renewable energy and to reinvest in the creation of more clean energy within Sonoma County. All of this while keeping the costs competitive with PG&E.
Consumers will have four opportunities to opt out and continue with PG&E.
I would urge your editorial board to revisit this and to urge cities and towns in the county to become part of Sonoma Clean Power, which is a real way to move toward renewable energy and away from our addiction to cheap fossil fuel.
BARRY D. HIRSCH
No more meters