Vote seeks grant and technical study
With one councilmember absent, the seven member Stockton City Council voted 6-0 at their March 19th council meeting to seek a grant offered by Sonoma Clean Power in order to fund a technical study on Community Choice Energy for that city.
Jim Parks of Valley Clean Energy delivered the main presentation and knocked it out of the park. “We’re mission driven and we deliver cost competitive clean electricity, consumer choice, price stability, local control, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions.” He pointed out that since VCE is so new, less than a year old, it will take some time to build capacity to begin offering local programs.
Vice Mayor Dan Wright, instrumental along with Mayor Michael Tubbs in bringing the issue to the Council, stated “I originally became interested in this because of the climate crisis. As I have continued to learn more about it, I realize how much the potential for reinvestment in the local community can address many of the city’s problems.”
Key concerns and questions from all the council members revolved around risks to the city, whether the city should go it alone or join with the county or other cities in a joint powers authority, and uncertainty about the PG&E bankruptcy.
About ten community members came in support and five spoke to urge the Council to evaluate Community Choice. Jonathan Pruitt, speaking on behalf of Catholic Charities Environmental Justice Program stated that “we serve and work closely with Stockton’s disadvantaged communities. With a Community Choice program there is potential for innovative green energy projects to help those communities.”
“This is a way for our Stockton citizens to engage and utilize more clean energy,” stated Margo Praus, a leader in several Stockton-based organizations including the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the Sierra Club.
The video of the entire meeting agenda item is HERE and the Community Choice item begins at the 1:54:50 mark.
Stay tuned to the Clean Power Exchange for more news and updates on the development of Stockton’s Community Choice Energy agency.