Local government officials in the San Ramon Valley are hosting a public workshop this week to receive feedback from residents, business and community groups about the possibility of some Contra Costa County communities joining together to purchase energy for local consumers.
Through a community choice energy program, participating cities and the county could set up a nonprofit joint powers authority (JPA) to purchase electricity from sources other than PG&E, including more renewable options, and then to sell it back to consumers in their areas.
The goals of the program would include gaining local control, expanding consumer choices and reducing consumer costs for electricity generation, according to San Ramon Valley officials.
The town of Danville, city of San Ramon and Contra Costa County, along with 12 other cities in the county, commissioned a technical study from a consultant firm to outline how a local energy program would work. The five county cities not participating are El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo and Walnut Creek.
The draft study was released publicly on Dec. 1, and officials are in the process of obtaining citizen feedback before the public comment period closes Jan. 31.
Danville, San Ramon and county officials are hosting a joint workshop this Thursday (Jan. 26) from 6-8 p.m. at the San Ramon Valley Veterans Memorial Building (115 E. Prospect Ave. in downtown Danville) to hear from stakeholders about the draft study and a potential community energy program.
The study describes three general options: the county and cities form a program together, each city and the county enters an existing program on an individual basis or they could all continue getting electricity from PG&E.
The technical study is expected to be finalized next month, and the relevant town and city councils and the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors could make a decision on possibly implementing one of the options by mid-2017, officials said.
For more information on the draft study, visit the county website.