SCP names CEO and outlines plans for new programs
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By Natalie Gray  December 27, 2013 12:00 am

Sonoma Clean Power seems to have a few New Year’s resolutions for 2014 that it is eager to share with the citizens of Sonoma County.

First, the agency has announced a Chief Executive Officer in Geo Syfer, who has served as the company’s interim CEO since July. Syphers, who will begin as CEO on Jan. 3, has 18 years of experience in electric utility industry, and currently is familiarizing himself with clean power and green programs.

Second, the agency plans to release its latest electricity provider option, “CleanStart,” which Clean Power claims will promise their clients 2.5 percent savings on their overall electricity bill when compared to competitor Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s rates.

In a press release issued Dec. 18 by Climate Protection Campaign, a local nonprofit that has been closely following the Clean Power agency and their CleanStart program since 2005., stated that Clean Power also promised that the electricity offered in the CleanStart program would be from 33 percent renewable sources, in contrast to PG&E, which only provides electricity that is from 20 percent renewable sources.

“Sonoma Clean Power costumers are investing in a clean local energy economy along with the jobs and other benefits from that investment,” said Ann Hancock, executive director of Climate Protection Campaign,  “Because the investment is in clean energy, it is also this community’s carbon footprint.”

Hancock also added that Clean Power found out in October that their electricity would be 70 percent greenhouse gas free.

Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Cloverdale have not joined Sonoma Clean Power. Cotati, though, is part of the Sonoma Clean Power agreement and allows for its citizens the option of signing up for the electric provider. 

Sonoma County Power also announced that it expects to launch a second new program, “EverGreen,” that will allow customers 100 percent renewable energy after paying a small premium. The program will offer a 3.5 cent per kilowatt-hour extra, which is result in an average increases of $17.50 per monthly bill.  

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