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Wednesday: Forum on plan for affordable, renewable energy

 

A community forum to talk about a county-wide program to improve household access to affordable renewable energy will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the San Mateo Main Library located on 55 W. 3rd Avenue in San Mateo.

To register, click here.

Affordable renewable energy in San Mateo County may soon become a reality due to an initiative called Peninsula Clean Energy.

Peninsula Clean Energy, a joint powers authority, would be able to purchase renewable energy on behalf of participating cities and unincorporated areas within San Mateo County and deliver it to households through the existing Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power grid at a competitive price.

Households would be automatically enrolled for the program, which would distribute a baseline percentage of energy that comes from renewable sources. However, people will be able to opt out and keep their existing PG&E electricity service. The program has been well-received in Marin and Sonoma counties.

On Oct. 20, the county's Board of Supervisors introduced an ordinance to create the program. Between now and Feb. 29, 2016, 20 cities across the county will be asked to choose whether to join the Peninsula Clean Energy program as founding members.

According to David Pine, a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, the program "is the single biggest thing a city or county can do to reduce its carbon footprint, and it's never been more important for society to deal with global warming than it is now."

A website, peninsulacleanenergy.com, has been recently launched to offer additional information.

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