utilities

EVs in Sonoma County Cut Emissions, Boost Economy

Jun 18, 2016

  Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Sonoma County. So efforts to boost the adoption of emission-free electric vehicles are accelerating.

Driving an electric car in Sonoma County should be, at worst, a break-even proposition compared to a gas-powered vehicle, according to Sonoma Clean Power’s Geof Syphers.

  Like the car ads used to say:  Your mileage may vary. But here are some detailed figures from recent EV convert Doron Amiran of the Center for Climate Protection, documenting his household's experience.

Community Choice Power Coming Under Fire

Nov 24, 2015
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  Community Choice Aggregation--the alternative power service model now being used in Sonoma and Marin Counties--is under attack by San Diego's major utility, even as other cities are moving toward adopting it. Suzanne Potter rep0rts.

Sonoma Clean Power Looks Ahead

Jan 2, 2014

Electricity from sources that are a mixture of renewable, local, and carbon-free is due to start flowing through Sonoma Clean Power in the year ahead. Bruce Robinson reports how the pieces are falling into place for the new local alternative to PG&E.

  Getting a significant share of its power from the Geysers benefits Sonoma Clean Power—and the customers they serve—in multiple ways that extend beyond just utility costs, explains CEO Geof Syphers.

 

Splitting the 415 Area Code

Jun 6, 2013

 

From 1947 to 1959, Sonoma County and points north were part of the 415 Area Code. Now that area—comprised of just Marin County and San Francisco— is again dealing with numerical growing pains, but now there are no more easy splits available.

  Even though any given area code can mathematically contain more than 6.8 million numbers, CPUC staffer Katherine Morehouse says the demand for new 415 area numbers is overtaking the remaining supply at an accelerating rate.