Renewable electricity coming to all of Marin County

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 @ 08:11 AM
posted by rene5432

Three towns in the San Francisco Bay area have offered their residents the opportunity to choose a more environmentally conscious electricity provider, according to the Mill Valley Patch.

The towns of Corte Madera, Larkspur, and Ross received approval for their petitions to join the Marin Energy Authority, allowing residents there access to the Marin Clean Energy program.

This program, which began in 2010, already serves around 13,000 customers in the Bay Area and, with the addition of the last three cities, offers a mix of renewable electricity options to all of Marin County.

Residents can choose two options, varying in price based on the amount of renewable electricity. The standard package uses 27 percent clean energy, the so-called "Light Green" option, but the "Deep Green" option comes from entirely renewable sources.

"We’re really excited about this," MEA executive officer Dawn Weisz told the news source. "The expansion to additional communities allows us to move more quickly toward our mission of providing more renewable energy in the region and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The Marin Independent Journal reports that the limited opposition to the program came with concern that the MEA could provoke lawsuits, but city officials expressed confidence that the risks involved were minimal.

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