Some customers opting out of Sonoma Clean Power


About 5 percent of eligible business and residential customers so far have opted out of Sonoma County’s start-up public power agency, some over concerns the service won’t be as reliable as PG&E.

Sonoma Clean Power projects about 20 percent of eligible customers ultimately will opt out of the service, which launches May 1. About 24,000 potential customers — most of them businesses — are part of the first wave of service.

Geof Syphers, CEO of the power startup, said a “handful” of potential customers who received letters detailing the program cited reliability concerns as their reason for declining the service.

Under Sonoma Clean Power, PG&E would continue to provide services such as billing, metering and grid maintenance. Syphers said the “reality” is that “all aspects of reliability will be handled by PG&E in exactly the same way they are handling them now.”

via Some customers opting out of Sonoma Clean Power | The Press Democrat.

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