|Cotati, SCP may not be a good fit
The Cotati City Council was scheduled to vote whether or not to join the Sonoma County Clean Power agency at its meeting on Wednesday, June 26.
When officials from the SCP made their pitch to the council on May 22, all indications pointed toward the city joining the fledgling power agency. But Cotati, along with other of Sonoma County’s smaller cities, have raised concerns over how the agency is governed. As it stands now, Santa Rosa, the largest city in the county, has the ability to push through governance changes over the objection of other cities. The voting rules are weighted toward those with the highest percentage of PG&E electric meters in the county, and Santa Rosa has 34.7 percent.
The county board, at a meeting earlier this week rejected a request by smaller cities for more say in governance. That decision could play a role in whether Cotati decides to join the SCP or continue the services of PG&E.
The city of Rohnert Park decided to delay action on joining the SCP at its June 11 meeting and was supposed to hear more from the agency at its city council meeting on Tuesday, June 25.