The Fresno City Council held its first public workshop on Community Choice Energy on Thursday, February 14th. Councilmember Luis Chavez sponsored the presentation and welcomed the presentation team, stating that he brought it forward in order to evaluate the how it might benefit the city and see if it would work for Fresno. Information sessions such as this are often the first step on the way to a city or county forming a Community Choice agency.
The presentation included Darrel Pyle, City Manager of Hanford, as well as Woody Hastings, Destiny Rodriguez, and Mike Dozier of the Clean Power Exchange program team. In addition to the presentation team, about 17 local Fresnans came to express their interest and support for Community Choice.
The councilmembers asked many good questions and it was clear that there is interest in continuing the evaluation. A recording of the Community Choice Energy Workshop can be found HERE. If you want to watch the video but have limited time, fast forward to the councilmember Q&A at about the 3:10:30 mark, that is when it gets more interesting!
If you missed the meeting on February 14th, that’s OK, and you can help keep up the momentum by writing your council representative a quick email letting them know you support their continued evaluation of Community Choice Energy for the benefits of consumer choice, local control, local economic benefits, and environmental benefits that such a program can bring to Fresno.
Stay tuned to CPX for news about future Fresno Community Choice Energy action!