From chicken manure to geothermal steam, Sonoma County is rife with renewable energy potential. A new public-private partnership, currently being studied, could accelerate the development of those "green" power sources.
Aggregated power generation holds considerable potential for lowering the costs to ratepayers, as has been demonstrated elsewhere. But Woody Hastings, Renewable Energy Implementation Manager for the Climate Protection Campaign in Santa Rosa, says that is not an immediate objective for the Sonoma Clean Energy initiative.
The partnership that would be created, should the creation of a Sonoma Clean Energy entity move forward, would be a "hybrid" forged with PG&E. Hastings explains how that could work.
Here's how the same idea is working in Marin County.