If you want to know why environmental groups oppose Proposition 16, begin with this: In Healdsburg, a city that operates its own electrical utility, 44 percent of its electrical supply comes from renewable sources. In most of Northern California, served by the PG&E monopoly, 12 percent of the electrical supply comes from renewable sources.
In simple terms, groups such as the Climate Protection Campaign oppose Proposition 16 because they believe PG&E isn’t doing enough to develop alternative sources of energy and because Proposition 16 will make it more difficult for local agencies to develop small-scale alternatives to PG&E.
Never mind that the residents of Healdsburg also pay less for electricity.
If you want to learn more about the Climate Protection Campaign’s opinion of Proposition 16, a community forum is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa.
BTW, the Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday will be asked to pass a resolution in opposition to Proposition 16.
You can read my column on the subject – “Proposition 16: The $35 million question” – by clicking here.