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City Sticks with PG&E Rather than Marin Clean Energy ... Your Reaction?

Costs would have been about $7,800 higher to get "green" power from joint powers authority.

Are you pleased or disappointed that the city of Novato has decided to remain a customer of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. rather than buy power from the "green" Marin Energy Authority?

The Novato City Council, which last fall the joint powers authority and give city residents an option to purchase electricity from mostly renewable resources, voted 4-1 to stick with PG&E on Tuesday night, according to a story in the . The council was told by city staff that costs would be about $7,800 higher next year if it switched to the locally run Marin Clean Energy, which is run by the Marin Energy Authority.

Are you surprised? Share a comment below.

Al Dugan June 16, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Wow, we agree.....there is hope....
Tina McMillan June 16, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Fighting Climate Change http://www.pge.com/about/environment/pge/climate/ Understanding and Reporting Our Impact "As a charter member of the California Climate Action Registry, PG&E was the first investor-owned utility in California to complete a third-party-verified inventory of our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2003. In 2009, PG&E began voluntary reporting to The Climate Registry, a non-profit organization that sets consistent and transparent reporting standards for North American businesses and governments. PG&E is a founding member of The Climate Registry. PG&E provides its customers with electricity that has among the lowest rates of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation. In fact, PG&E's most recent independently verified CO2 emissions rate of 575 pounds of CO2 per MWh is about half the national average among utilities. In 2009, California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) greenhouse gas reporting regulations went into effect, requiring regulated entities such as PG&E to prepare and submit an annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory to the California Air Resources Board. In 2011, we will begin reporting the greenhouse gas emissions from some of our facilities and operations to the U.S. EPA under its new requirements. In addition, PG&E has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2005. PG&E's annual submission provides additional detail on our actions related to climate change and our greenhouse gas emissions profile."
Tina McMillan June 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I suspect Denise is all ready working on her run for office in 2013 by pandering to the votes from the sustainable community here in Novato. These folks are tied into the Marin Community Foundation. Their political clout is significant. When Denise first ran for city council it was on a completely different platform that was pro small business and fiscal conservatism. She is changing colors with the tide. Watch, there will be more behavior indicative of a coming election year...
Edwin Drake June 18, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Each and every airplane take-off equals 5,000 automobiles on the road for one year. Really want to help the environment? Stay home for your next vacation instead of flying to some distant destination. (That's just take-off emissions, and doesn't count either the emissions of flight time nor the high-altitude cloud condensation trails that are disruptive to the upper atmosphere.)
Novato Resident September 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Wow... some good conversation points here... and making me rethink my decision to use MCE. However, I am mystified that nuclear plants are now considered clean energy... how the heck did THAT happen??? I will never consider nuclear energy "clean" since it produces so very much material that is lethal to humans for centuries. Hydro's also responsible for the decimation of too many rivers and canyons and fish populations. To me clean energy primarily means solar or wind. I remember all the efforts made back in the 70's of many folks trying to promote renewable energy... and it pretty much went to the wayside. They were just considered a bunch of hippies! Just think if they had actually been embraced and backed...

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