Sonoma Clean Power, which purports to use cleaner energy sources than PG&E, is preparing to launch its services in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Cotati, Sonoma, Windsor and the unincorporated county this May, at prices close to what PG&E offers.
Half of those who took part in an Argus-Courier’s unofficial poll said they were satisfied with the City of Petaluma’s decision not to sign on with Sonoma Clean Power.
Here were some of the comments:
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“At prices close to what PG&E offers does not warrant making a change at this time. The City of Petaluma has other more pressing issues that require its attention and financial solutions.”
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“Corporate cronies amid our city government need to be reined in. What are they thinking?!”
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“Government does not belong in the power business.”
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“I’d like to have the decision about my power be mine, not what the city decides for me.”
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“I absolutely agree with the Petaluma City Council staying out of Sonoma not so Clean Power. Healdsburg and parts of Marin already have an alternative to PG&E. They didn’t cost the massive amount of money SCP is gouging and provide for far greater savings. As for an alternative to PG&E, since they are the only game in Northern California, who do you think that SCP’s supplier will have to go to to get electricity?”
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“I have seen this program in action in other cities. It is a self-feeding money suck. ‘At prices close to what PG&E offers’ is temporary. It is a real gamble with public funds.”
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“It’s ridiculous that Sonoma Clean Power is not an option.”
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“I totally agree with the City of Petaluma’s decision NOT to sign on with Sonoma Clean Power. It’s outrageous how folks are automatically enrolled in Sonoma County Clean Power, and then have to take steps to opt out and return to PG&E. PG&E has been providing safe, reliable energy at reasonable rates, and have been a good corporate neighbor to the community.”
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“Let’s see how it plays out with the other cities before we jump on the band wagon!”
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“No. Ridiculous decision! We need a better Petaluma citizen friendly council.”
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“Petaluma should have a choice for clean power!”
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“The accounting for ratepayer money is too loose and there are old boy vultures waiting to put their hands on it. Why pay Geoff Syphers $250,000 salary to run this operation? Is Sonoma Clean Power actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Why is Healdsburg’s power so cheap? I think we should apply to join the Northern California Power Authority, which has a long great track record of clean power at much lower prices.”
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“This is a waste of taxpayer money. If they want to start something how about building a desalination plant. That is where we need assistance. More government pensions, programs and bureaucrats.”
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“Yes, it doesn’t do much except create some well paying jobs to the activists in charge. They create and produce nothing but paperwork.”
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“We went through this in the de-regulation time. What a farce.”
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“With global climate change on our door step (Petaluma River level) it’s a good idea to go green ASAP!”
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“Would the prices be “close to” but HIGHER? If that is the case, then I am not interested. If they could provide cheaper energy, then I would support it.”
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“Yes, it doesn’t do much except create some well paying jobs to the activists in charge. They create and produce nothing but a paperwork.”
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