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.