Protect Local Energy Choice

Via Richard Salzman

To All California Residents (apologies to those of you outside of CA — Humboldt County letter at bottom):

Call to action:

This is the worst kind of sleaze. The voters of California overwhelmingly voted down Prop 16 and now PG&E and the other large utilities have come up with this tactic to achieve their same goal, that of hindering the success of “Community Choice” energy, which would allow you to choose the source of your electricity independently from your local corporate utility.

Learn more and take action here:

or

Contact your State Senator now and tell them to vote NO on AB2145

and tell Senator Alex Padilla <sd20.senate.ca.gov/contact> (916) 651-4107

Also contact Governor Jerry Brown <govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php> 916/445-2841
and ask for his veto of this bill, if the State Senate sells us out as the State Assembly already has, and passes AB 2145.

From: Californians for Energy Choice, the statewide coalition to defeat AB 2145

Community Choice energy in California is UNDER ATTACK.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2145, proposed legislation now being considered by the State Senate, threatens all Community Choice energy programs in California. The large corporate utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) are attempting to crush competition.

If enacted, AB 2145 will:

• Limit consumer choice
• Reduce competition
• Thwart California’s environmental goals
• Infringe on local government decision-making power
• Diminish local communities’ ability to create local clean energy jobs
• Destroy the future of Community Choice energy in California.

AB 2145 will change the rules to make it impossible to establish viable Community Choice energy programs, thus cementing the utility monopolies.

Community Choice energy is one of the most powerful solutions available to local governments to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. AB 2145 represents a backwards step for California’s leadership. Please don’t let utilities stamp it out.

Keep up the pressure. Call and email your state Senator!

Your voice is needed NOW to protect choice and our clean energy future.

Please SEND A LETTER to your State Senator, click here:
<salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50901/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10973>

or find your State Senator’s contact information here (to email or call)

In Humboldt County:
Senator Noreen Evans <sd02.senate.ca.gov/contact> (707) 445-6508

Also write to:

Senator Alex Padilla
<sd20.senate.ca.gov/contact>
Chair, Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee
State Capitol, Room 5046
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4107
Fax: (916) 642-8979

Governor Jerry Brown
<govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php>
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

For more information:
<www.clean-coalition.org/connect/blog>
<cleantechnica.com/2014/05/06/californias-ab-2145-threatens-community-choice-aggregates>
No on 2145
No on 2145

…and then spread it to your networks!
Join the growing numbers working to defeat AB 2145.

Californians were victorious in the David vs. Goliath fight when the utilities spent millions on Proposition 16 in 2010 to try to stop Community Choice. We can unite again and defeat AB 2145 if we act fast and think big!

—–

From: Michael Winkler <mlwinkle@yahoo.com>
Humboldt County CA

Serious threat to Local and Renewable Energy
Stop AB 2145! – The PG&E Monopoly Protection Bill

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a method authorized by California state law that allows communities (cities and counties) to choose the source of their electricity independently from their local utility. With CCA, a community can, for instance, have a higher percentage of their electricity come from local and renewable sources than what is currently provided by their local utility.

When a CCA goes into operation customers are sent multiple notices about the CCA and, if they choose, how to stay with their existing utility. If the customer takes no action they will automatically be switched to the local CCA group.

Marin County’s CCA group, “Marin Clean Energy”, has been in operation for about two years and has allowed Marin County residents to have a significantly higher percentage of renewable energy than PG&E.

A CCA for Sonoma County, “Sonoma Clean Power”, recently started.

For the past 10 years citizens in Humboldt County have been investigating CCA for our county. CCA is unanimously supported by the Arcata City Council and is also supported by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority Board, which represents all the jurisdictions of Humboldt County. The City of Arcata staff has been actively researching CCA for the past two years and has been in talks with Marin and Sonoma to join one of their groups.

PG&E, which claims to be neutral about CCA, has actively worked to undermine the formation of any CCA’s to maintain PG&E’s monopoly and prevent competition

In 2010, PG&E created Proposition 16 that would have made forming a CCA virtually impossible by a requiring a 2/3 public vote to create a CCA rather than the existing requirement of a majority vote by a local government.

PG&E spent $46 million in an unsuccessful effort to pass Proposition 16

PG&E’s current campaign to kill CCA’s is AB 2145. AB 2145 would require that to be a member of a CCA a customer would need to actively “opt-in” to the CCA. Since taking no action is easier than taking an action, active opt-in rates tend to be less than 20%. which is too low to make a CCA viable. Under the banner of “freedom” and “consumer choice” PG&E is pushing a clever way to kill any new CCA’s.

AB 2145 passed the Assembly (with Chesbro voting “no”). AB 2145 has now moved over to the state Senate and is first coming before the Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee, which is chaired by Senator Alex Padilla, who will be in a run-off for Secretary of State in November.

We urge each of you to write Senator Padilla and Senator Evans and urge them to protect local community choice and oppose AB 2145. I also urge you to write Governor Brown and urge him to veto AB 2145 if it passes the Senate.

Senator Noreen Evans
<http://ourhumboldt.org/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/Richards/461853872169/wholmes/gmail.com/&gt;
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4085
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900
(916) 651-4002

District Office
710 E Street Suite #150
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 445-6508

Senator Alex Padilla
<http://ourhumboldt.org/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/Richards/181616444346/wholmes/gmail.com/&gt;
Chair, Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee
State Capitol, Room 5046
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4107
Fax: (916) 642-8979

Governor Jerry Brown
<http://ourhumboldt.org/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/Richards/724615810590/wholmes/gmail.com/&gt;
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

For more information:
<http://ourhumboldt.org/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/Richards/134856613459/wholmes/gmail.com/&gt;
<http://ourhumboldt.org/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/Richards/308251125325/wholmes/gmail.com/&gt;
No on 2145
No on 2145

Elected Officials Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, City of Oakland Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, Napa County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Alameda County
View on http://www.no2145.org

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