Marin Public Power Effort Claims Cleaner than PG&E

Community choice aggregation efforts means cleaner power at the same price for Marin residents

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    Orin Zebest
    Marin Clean Energy Authority customers will enjoy power from less polluting sources than that provided by Pacific Gas and Electric.

    Marin County's Clean Energy Authority has announced that it will source 78 percent of its electricity from sources that don't produce greenhouse gasses.

    That's better than private power monopoly Pacific Gas and Electric offers, with only 65 percent of its power currently coming from renewable and hydro-electric power.

    And the MCEA says that power will cost the same as what customers are currently paying, though they can also opt to pay a $5 monthly premium for entirely non-polluting sources.

    In addition, less of the MCEA power will come from large hydro-electric dams.

    The MCEA is one of the first Bay Area community choice aggregation projects to move forward.

    PG&E has so far invested $34.5 million in a campaign to pass Proposition 16, which would make such public agencies harder to form by requiring a two-thirds vote instead of a simple majority.

    Jackson West hopes his building will go CCA when San Francisco makes good on its effort.