- It may encourage self-generation of renewable energy by purchasing energy from local producers
- It may result in economic development resulting in more jobs, assuming renewable energy projects are constructed
- It may provide rebates greater than PG&E to encourage investment in energy efficiency improvements
These potential benefits are minimized by the fact that PG&E is under a state mandate to obtain 33% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and PG&E has a new program called the "Green Option" for people who want to purchase all their energy from renewable energy sources.
Sonoma Clean Power Greenwashes Dirty Energy with Energy Certificates, not Real Renewables
Sonoma Clean Power was sold as a way to reduce green-house gas emissions, but they use a feel good scam called renewable energy certificates, pieces of paper that for only one tenth of a cent can magically turn a kilowatt hour of dirty energy into clean energy.
How much do they cost? The average household that uses 500 kilowatt hours of electricity a month can purchase enough renewable energy credits and tell their friends they are 100% renewable and GHG free for a total cost of $.50 per month or $6.00 per year.
Sonoma Clean Power needs to provide residents with the true GHG emissions of their product and advertise itself as greener when and if it becomes greener.
Read our Full Report: Sonoma Clean Power's Green-washing.pdf
Sonoma Clean Power also comes with significant risks:
Customer Cost Risks: There is the potential for SCP rates to become much higher than PG&E rates. And if that happens and SCP customers switch back to PG&E, it could create higher energy costs for SCP's remaining customers.
Current financial projections for SCP assume that 80% of customers will become SCP customers but that depends upon SCP being a mandatory opt-out program. If AB 2145 is enacted the opt-in rate will probably be considerably less than 80%. New Sonoma believes the Power Authority should perform an independent survey to determine the number of people that will opt-in to the program and prepare new financial projections using that opt-in rate to determine if SCP is financially viable as an opt-in program.