Call for action for renewable energy
The plug is meeting the socket for Marin Clean Energy
Speak now, or forever hold your PG&E
It's decision time for Marin Clean Energy, the innovative program to accelerate the transition to low-carbon clean energy and greater reductions in carbon emissions in Marin County.
MCE promises many advantages that unwieldy investor-owned utilities like PG&E lack: relative price stability, improved reliability, local control, more locally generated renewable power, better-funded energy efficiency, economic multiplier benefits, a hedge against volatile natural gas prices, and elimination of use of nuclear power. MCE will cut greenhouse-gas emissions much faster than utilities could, and will be the fastest, easiest way to meet new carbon-reduction targets set by the state.
For MCE to advance, City and Town Councils throughout the county must vote soon to go ahead to the request-for-proposal (bid) stage to test the market and get hard data for making final decisions. We want all the cities and towns to participate, but because San Rafael and Novato are so large, their councils are particularly important.
PG&E has been trying to persuade the Councils to hold back. We who care about renewable energy and preventing global climate disruption must speak out now.
Polling shows that Marinites want more green power with stable rates and less carbon pollution. MCE is the way to actually get it. Many Club members in Marin have been making special donations to the Bay Chapter to further this effort.
Now is the time for you to speak up in your city. Attend events listed below, and contact your local council members and also your supervisor. Urge them to go ahead with Marin Clean Energy. Below we have listed some of the details for the largest cities. For other cities and towns, to confirm additional meeting dates, and for general information about Marin Clean Energy, visit http://marincleanenergy.info
We have included a return post card in Marin copies of this Yodeler. Please send it in right away to let us know that you want to make a difference for Marin Clean Energy. To join in the Sierra Club's efforts for MCE, especially canvassing your neighborhood on Marin Green Power Walks, you can also contact Chapter conservation organizer or call (510) 848-0800, ext 307
- Wed., Sep. 3, 6 pm - City Council MCE session, Pickleweed Park Community Center, 50 Canal Street.
- Mon., Sep. 8, 6 pm - City Council MCE session, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St.
- Mon., Sep. 22, 6 pm - City Council MCE session, Maria B. Freitas Senior Housing, 455 Manuel T. Freitas Parkway.
- Mon., Sep. 29, 7 pm - Marin County MCE briefing, San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fifth St.
- Mon., Oct. 20, 8 pm - regular City Council meeting when recommendation on MCE will be heard.
- Mon., Nov. 11, 8 pm - City Council votes on MCE.
Also, regular City Council meetings every first and third Monday at 8 pm offer public-comment time.
1400 Fifth Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Check Council dates at www.ci.novato.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=290
Regular City Council sessions every second and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 pm, NUSD Board Room, 1015 Seventh St. (at Grant), offer opportunities for public comment.
75 Rowland Way
Novato, CA 94945
Council e-mail: novatocouncil -at- ci.novato.ca.us