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Marin Clean Energy Q&A Tonight at City Hall

You have the power to switch power companies. Do you want more 'green' renewable electricity or will you stick with PG&E?

Ah, the power to change our own power supply ... or the power to keep the same power as before.

the Marin Energy Authority last September, and now letters are appearing in mailboxes throughout the city saying that ratepayers are eligible to purchase "green" energy starting in July 2012.

At issue: As per state law, residents will automatically be switched to Marin Clean Energy electricity  unless they opt out and stick with Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Staff members from the authority will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at to ask questions about the Light Green option, electricity from 50 percent renewable resources (sunlight, water or wind), or the more expensive 100 percent renewable Dark Green option.

"Staying with MCE as your power provider gives you the opportunity to create positive change right now by curbing global warming, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by adding more renewable energy to the grid and shifting away from global reliance on fossil fuels," reads the mailer.

Rates are affordable and billing will still come from PG&E, the authority said. Ratepayers have 60 days to opt out and remain with PG&E or else be subject to a $5 residential termination fee ($25 for commercial customers).

Want to learn more before making your decision? Attend Thursday's meeting, check out the Marin Clean Energy website or call 888-632-3674.

Demosthenes April 23, 2012 at 09:41 PM
*competition is good, not food
Tina McMillan April 24, 2012 at 02:10 AM
D. Word.
Kenny B April 24, 2012 at 03:08 AM
"Assuming that PGE has no real concern for the environment makes little sense. To stay competitive, particularly in the Bay Area, you offer what your clients want to purchase. That is the economic model on which successful private companies are built." Tina, PG&E poisoning California and it's water ways is fact. Those people in San Bruno may have a different take as well, when PG&E's negligence cost lives and property. When you talk about opting out, PG&E forcing Smart Meter's on their customers was not forth right. I am going to give MEA a chance, and hopefully since PGE will have competition, consumers will win. I rather PG&E went away.
Tina McMillan April 24, 2012 at 06:10 AM
PGE can't go away as its services are required to create, transmit and maintain the power you continue to receive. I am certain the people of Nigeria feel the same way about Shell Oil that you do about PGE. Smart Meters were about people controlling their own energy use by becoming aware of its impact. They are currently being used throughout Europe and Asia. When government has to stack the deck by creating an opt out only program there has got to be something wrong with the cards. In this case it is the cost. MEA can't compete with PGE just like PGE can't compete with Shell Oil. In the end the tax payers will be held liable just as they were in 2000 and 2001 when the CPUC would not allow PGE to charge prices commensurate with the cost of energy and so both PGE and California lost billions to Enron. Digging their way out of that hole has proved costly, mostly to tax payers, so now we take the same company that we just got done bailing out and instead of using regulation and oversight we create a competitor that buys from an even larger corporation with an international record of wrongdoing that makes PGE look like a tiny, tiny child by comparison. This is the height of insanity. It just gives people the idea that they are making the planet greener by avoiding self responsibility for conservation and regulation.
Tina McMillan April 24, 2012 at 06:11 AM
continued Imagine if we didn't distract ourselves with these kinds of measures what could be done with the CPUC setting up parameters for energy regulation and distribution. It could be a win/win for stockholders and taxpayers (often the same people) if we were to make PGE into a formidable provider of renewable energy. PGE all ready provides jobs to bay area residents, how many more jobs could they provide with the money to invest in renewables. We don't need community choice aggregation to make a difference. Let's see how we do with more mouths to feed and less money to live on when we create competitors in an industry where prices are all ready determined by state regulation. What's the definition of insanity…..

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