Our Redwood Coast Coast Energy Authority
The Times- Standard tells us about that new spin off for buying energy up here: the Redwood Coast Energy Authority. I got a letter about this the other day and there was a commercial on TV about it last night. Call me skeptical, but I don't think I'll opt in.
This Redwood Coast Energy Authority supposedly acts as a new entity to sell us what we've already been buying. They supposedly give you the option of choosing what type of energy you can buy: renewable vs. standard, etc. I'll give these guys credit compared to what I saw going on in Sonoma County when this was being pushed down there.
Down there the airheads kept thinking they'd be cleaning up the planet with their new choice of green energy, no matter how many times they'd be reminded that most of Sonoma's energy is already "green" since it's geothermal, originating from their Geysers Plant. I haven't noticed if anyone has claimed to save money down there yet. I get the impression those who were against it to begin with still feel it's a bad idea.
But look at who's running ours: "The program is governed by elected officials from Humboldt County and the cities of Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Blue Lake, Trinidad, and Rio Dell — Ferndale didn’t opt into the program, according to a statement from the energy authority."
The same people that screw up everything else up here, so call me skeptical. I'll give these folks credit for one thing: At least they're being honest in admitting renewable power is more expensive than traditional. Both the Times- Standard article and the commercial last night pointed out that renewable with cost an extra cent per kilowatt hour.