EDITOR: While we appreciate the Santa Rosa City Council's consideration of the risks of joining Sonoma Clean Power, what about the costs of not joining?
Coddingtown spends about $1.1 million annually on electricity. We would save approximately $34,000 with Sonoma Clean Power. Multiplying the impact of a “no” vote over the whole city, Santa Rosa commercial customers could lose about $2.2 million per year paying PG&E vs. Sonoma Clean Power. Imagine the benefits to local businesses of keeping that $2.2 million instead of paying extra to PG&E.
Other downsides of late entry: Santa Rosa will not have a voice in selecting the electric service provider or setting rates, both critical decisions that will affect Sonoma Clean Power for years to come. Santa Rosa businesses won't be represented on Sonoma Clean Power's business operations committee. We would lose a year of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The council has spent time hypothesizing about what could go wrong. It should give equal weight to the hundreds of similar programs around the country that are succeeding.
Give businesses and residents a choice for clean energy. Please don't make us wait.
Development manager, Codding Enterprises
EDITOR: I'm glad to see competition will be coming in our electricity market with the start of Sonoma Clean Power in January. Hopefully, this will make PG&E strive to be more efficient and creative.
What we have now is nowhere near a competitive, free market. A monopoly power provider is overseen by a state agency that is unaccountable to the public. Rates are set by state bureaucrats. Innovation is practically non-existent.
Competition spurs innovation. We should all embrace the opportunity that is Sonoma Clean Power. It will allow innovative companies to figure out how to tap local power.