Samantha Kimmey, POINT REYES LIGHT, 05/30/2013
A handful of what looks like damp, grayish cereal sits in a plastic tub on Hog Island Oyster Company owner Terry Sawyer’s desk. It looks like small cornflakes, or maybe cooked quinoa. But actually these are spat: many hundreds of tiny “seed” oysters, each barely a millimeter wide. The hope is that each spat will grow into a tasty treat on the half-shell—but most of this batch is already dead.
Like many terrestrial farmers, Mr. Sawyer buys his seed from distributors. In recent years, however, it has become harder to get and harder to grow. Since 2006, West Coast oyster hatcheries have suffered catastrophic collapses, which have led to widespread shortages. The reason? Ocean acidification, a phenomenon that many call the evil twin of climate change.
via Impacts of ocean acidity feed oyster grower’s research | The Point Reyes Light.
Dave Williams, THE COMMUNITY VOICE
If the Cotati City Council meeting on Wednesday night is any indication, the city is likely to become part of Sonoma County’s clean power agency.
Although no vote was taken at the meeting following a presentation from Sonoma County officials that lasted more than 2½ hours, the council seemed poised to approve joining the agency when it comes up for vote in the next month or so.
Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) aims to end PG&E’s monopoly and provide local competition and a choice for consumers throughout the county. It also plans to offer an array of green energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal and small hydroelectric projects.
SCP is a program designed to provide electric power to the residents, businesses and institutions in participating jurisdictions throughout Sonoma County. SCP will be operated by a joint powers authority formed by the County of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Water Agency and will include the cities of Sonoma County which decide to join. SCP is expected to start providing service to a small portion of customers at the beginning of 2014, pending a final vote to proceed by its Board of Directors.
via The Community Voice – Cotati likely to join county power agency.
Karina Ioffee, PETALUMA PATCH
Petaluma Mayor Dave Glass says the city should take more time to study whether it wants to join Sonoma Clean Power, the initiative that would offer ratepayers a choice about where to purchase their energy.
Sonoma Clean Power administrators want Petaluma to vote on the issue by June 30 and pass a resolution by the end of July. But Glass and several other Petaluma council members say they want to carefully weigh the advantages of joining Sonoma Clean Power, and that delaying joining would have absolutely no impact on the program or lowering greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
via Mayor Says Petaluma Should Take Time Studying Sonoma Clean Power – Top News – Petaluma, CA Patch.
Clark Mason, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Cloverdale City Council has said it’s premature to join a public power agency intended to supplant PG&E as the city’s primary source of electricity.
Citing the need for more information, Council members Wednesday night declined tocommit to the proposed Sonoma Clean Power Authority, but left the door open to doing so in the future.
via Cloverdale says no, for now, to county power agency | Watch Sonoma County.
Guy Kovner, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sonoma County officials made their first pitch for a public power agency on Tuesday night to the Sebastopol City Council, with seven more stops to go in a campaign to enroll eight cities in a plan to challenge PG&E’s monopoly as a power provider.
Sebastopol officials indicated at the start of the county’s presentation that it would not commit on Tuesday to joining the proposed Sonoma Clean Power, which expects to begin delivering power in January.
via Sebastopol listens to public power agency pitch | PressDemocrat.com.
Richard Halstead, MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL
The Marin Energy Authority decided this week to begin setting aside money to develop its own renewable energy generation projects within its jurisdictional boundaries, which include all of Marin County and the city of Richmond.
The authority’s board Thursday gave its unanimous approval to the creation of a "local renewable development fund." The fund will be fed by half of the revenue generated each year from the authority’s "Deep Green" program. The authority has set a goal of creating 14 megawatts of new solar capacity within its jurisdiction by 2019.
via Marin Energy Authority moving ahead with plan to build its own solar projects – Marin Independent Journal.
Guy Kovner, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sebastopol, the small town of 7,400 tucked next to the green hills of west Sonoma County, would seem to have little in common with Lancaster, a high desert city of 146,000 located 400 miles away in northeast Los Angeles County.
via Sebastopol poised to add solar requirement to new construction | PressDemocrat.com.
Climate Protection Campaign
Sonoma Clean Power, the county initiative to purchase greener electricity, comes back to the Board for a vote on April 23rd. Topics include potential rates, start-up financing, and marketing services. Please attend and show support.
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Eleven bidders compete to provide power to Sonoma County
The North Bay Electric Auto Association and Sierra Club’s Sonoma Group co-sponsored a show and tell of electric vehicles at Montgomery Village’s ‘Day on the Green’ in Santa Rosa today. Dealers and enthusiasts brought Leafs, Volts, Fits, Priuses, Teslas and home-converted vehicles to exhibit.
Electric cars are growing in popularity in the North Bay, and charging stations are multiplying. For a current list of stations, go to plugshare.com.
Brett Wilkison, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Ten companies and one nonprofit agency are competing for an initial contract to provide electricity to Sonoma County homes and businesses through the county’s proposed public power agency.
The bids are for a contract of at least three years with an estimated worth of about $340 million, according to county officials. The program seeks to displace PG&E as the area’s dominant electricity supplier, a move that supporters say would boost support for renewable energy and spur investment in local power projects.
via 11 bidders compete to provide power to Sonoma County | PressDemocrat.com.