Electricity consumers interested in buying renewable power are often limited by the options offered by their local utilities, or face higher costs by choosing an alternate supplier. Community Choice Aggregation programs aim to help give electricity consumers access to affordable renewable electricity by pooling their electricity demand into one large bundle and using the size of their combined energy demand to negotiate low cost bulk electricity purchases from renewable energy providers.
Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is the new, locally controlled electricity provider in Sonoma County. SCP will provide residential and business customers across the county the option of using power generated by renewable sources, like solar, wind and geothermal at competitive rates. SCP will launch with a standard product of 33% renewable power, matching California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements years in advance. Service is scheduled to roll out to the first phase of customers (20,000 of them) in May 2014. Sonoma Clean Power will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity use in Sonoma County by an estimated 3.1 million tons over 20 years. SCP is a non-profit agency, independently run by the Sonoma County cities that have joined the program, including Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Windsor and Sebastopol, and the County, which represents unincorporated communities.
Sonoma Clean Power Website