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Customer Confusion with PG&E Rate Hikes Customer Confusion with PG&E Rate Hikes
March 1, 2017

Wondering why your energy bill has gone up recently? It is not because of Sonoma Clean Power. In some cases, the spike is due to increased seasonal use of gas or electricity for space heating. Any increases on the gas side of the bill have nothing to do with Sonoma Clean Power because it is involved only in electricity generation.

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Board Approves Private Sewer Ordinance in Sonoma Valley Board Approves Private Sewer Ordinance in Sonoma Valley
February 1, 2017
The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (District) approved a sewer lateral ordinance aimed at preventing sewer overflows that occur during heavy rains.
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Clean Energy Solutions in the Trump Era Clean Energy Solutions in the Trump Era
February 1, 2017
Many of us have sunk into a collective depression reading the past months’ national news. Donald Trump’s attack on climate science – including a witch hunt in the Department of Energy for climate scientists and threats to end NASA’s mission to study planet earth – seems aimed at suppressing evidence of climate change. Trump’s cabinet appointments are equally appalling.
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PGE heating tips PG&E Offers Sonoma County Customers Tips to Stay Safe and Warm
February 1, 2017

With temperatures expected to drop to the 20s throughout parts of Northern and Central California this week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to take safety precautions when heating their homes.

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Community Choice Energy in California Amidst the madness, hope, resistance, and spreading solutions
January 9, 2017

I spent the first part of last weekend feeling depressed about recent headlines.

However, over the weekend I was reminded of the many committed and powerful people who surround us by way of a conversation with a friend about an ecology project she did with her daughters. This person has led many efforts to help tomorrow’s leaders gain a reverence for this planet and an appreciation of what it takes to protect it – from bee-saving gardens to backpacking trips.

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5 Reasons for Hope: Climate Change, Paris Accord, Democracy 5 Reasons for Hope: Climate Change, Paris Accord, Democracy
January 1, 2017

I spent the first part of last weekend feeling depressed about recent headlines.

However, over the weekend I was reminded of the many committed and powerful people who surround us by way of a conversation with a friend about an ecology project she did with her daughters. This person has led many efforts to help tomorrow’s leaders gain a reverence for this planet and an appreciation of what it takes to protect it – from bee-saving gardens to backpacking trips.

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rural area internet access Sonoma County increases rural area internet access
December 12, 2016
Rural Sonoma County is home to many small businesses whether entrepreneurs working from home or small businesses located in rural communities. Internet access is essential to doing business so increasing availability has been a necessary art of serving our business community. Also, as landlines fail more frequently in rural communities, and hills and valleys interfere with radio transmissions. the internet has become the way emergency services reaches people and communities in need.
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City of Sebastopol logo City of Sebastopol redesigns website to be mobile-friendly
December 5, 2016

Mobile-friendly, Online Bill Pay and More Opportunity for Feedback Lead Site Changes

Residents of Sebastopol may now pay water and sewer bills online, find out how to apply for a business license from a smartphone, and get a preview of the agenda for the next City Council Meeting from a tablet.  The City of Sebastopol just launched a newly redesigned website, www.cityofsebastopol.org, bringing a cleaner, more modern look and enhanced features to Sebastopol residents and visitors.

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Sonoma County Agencies Pilot “Do It Yourself Energy & Water Savings Toolkits” Sonoma County Agencies Pilot “Do It Yourself Energy & Water Savings Toolkits”
November 20, 2016

In conjunction with the Sonoma County Library, the Sonoma County Energy and Sustainability Division, the Sonoma County Water Agency and Sonoma Clean Power are introducing “Do It Yourself” (DIY) Energy and Water Savings Toolkits as part of a pilot program promoting energy and water efficiency.

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fiber-to-the-home, high-speed broadband Internet CPU grants Fiber-to-the- Home Internet to the Occidental Area
August 24, 2016

The rural community of Occidental in western Sonoma County is set to receive reliable, affordable, fiber-to-the-home high-speed broadband Internet.

On Thursday August 18th the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a grant for construction of the Race Communications Gigafy Occidental Project for fiber-to-the-home, high-speed broadband Internet to the unserved area west of the town of Occidental. The grant is funded by the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), and administered and managed by the CPUC.

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How to Change Everything How to Change Everything
August 1, 2016
I was five years old when the first international conference on climate change was held. I was 32 years old when the United States finally ratified a treaty that would meaningfully limit greenhouse gas emissions.
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Broadband Alliance Broadband UPDATE on Rural Internet and Phone Service
July 18, 2016
CPCU hearing was EXCELLENT! We had a great turnout from both “heavy hitters” like the Sheriff and CalFire Unit Chief, Police departments, Fire departments, EMS, etc and also residents telling their stories.  A huge thank-you to the county Executive Office for all their work and for providing a warm welcome to Commissioner Sandoval to Mendocino County.  I encourage you to watch the video if you have broadband. 
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SMART train at Windsor Station on Airport Blvd. SMART sets Fares and offers Eco-Pass and Bulk Discounts
June 8, 2016
A basic fare has been established for $3.50 with additional charges based upon how far a passenger travels.  Each zone passed adds $2. The fare plan will be submitted to Metropolitan Transit so that Clipper Card machines can be programed in time for when the trains run on a regular schedule. Clipper Cards are loaded with money that is deducted as a passenger exits the train and can be used on bus transportation as well. The system is already in place for Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit, Petaluma Transit, and the Golden Gate Transit buses and ferries. Since the train will not accept cash, this is the only system to collect fares. Bus riders will get additional discounts of $.75 to $1.50 for using both the bus and the train. 
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Ralph Metzner OPINION: Strange Bedfellows: A Look at Hyper-Local Politics
May 1, 2016

Charles Dudley Warner, the nineteenth-century American writer, coined two memorable quips: “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it; and “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” Campaigns, causes, elections and parties bring together individuals who wouldn’t normally be together. 

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Sonoma County goes to San Jose — the Business of Local Energy Symposium Local Energy - Sonoma County Community Choice Energy
May 1, 2016
While this symposium was held in San Jose, it was really a Sonoma County event. Organized by the Center for Climate Protection’s Barry Vesser, it drew 350 people from all over California—business, government, and community leaders, people who are active in developing (or hoping to develop) Community Choice Energy (CCE) similar to Sonoma Clean Power.
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3D Printing complex object Can 3D Printing change the world?
April 16, 2016
Before we can answer these questions lets first take a look at what 3D Printing actually is. 3D Printing, also referred to as Additive Manufacturing, is a method of producing objects where the materials are added together. The conventional method cuts or subtracts material from a larger mass. With 3D Printing the printer draws a very thin slice of the object on a 2D surface. The 3D Printer then repeatedly draws another slice on top of the previous, adding material each time until the object is complete.
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Sonoma County Has Its Faults: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Story Sonoma County Has Its Faults: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Story
March 16, 2016

Join us for Dr. Jane Nielson’s explanation of the origin of our geologic hazards, why we always have to account for their effects, and how best to protect yourself and your family.

Knowledge is power and being informed of the realities of living in Sonoma County is essential, as our communities rapidly grow and expand

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Net Zero Energy and Affordable Housing Zero Net Energy and Affordable Housing
March 1, 2016
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) construction is usually associated with the wealthy. The term ZNE often conjures up images of a posh LEED-certified house with a plug-in sports car in the garage. However, thanks to Humboldt County residentsSean Armstrong and Michael Winkler, a new breed of Zero Net Energy housing stock is now becoming available to low income residents.
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Zero Net Energy and Affordable Housing Zero Net Energy and Affordable Housing
January 27, 2016
“Zero Net Energy” (ZNE) construction is usually associated with the wealthy. The term ZNE often conjures up images of a posh LEED-certified house with a plug-in sports car in the garage. However, thanks to Humboldt residents Sean Armstrong and Michael Winkler, a new breed of Zero Net Energy housing stock is now becoming available to low income residents.
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The Beeler Pathway to Net Zero Energy The Beeler Pathway to Net Zero Energy
December 1, 2015

A net-zero energy building (NZEB) is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building annually is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Under California’s Building code, Title 24, all new residential construction is to be Zero Net Energy by 2020 with all new commercial buildings achieving this goal by 2030. In a sense, all California building owners are already somewhere on the path to Net Zero Energy, even if they are only at the beginning.

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