Prop 16 Would Have Blocked Some of The Nation's Leading Green Power and Climate Protection Efforts

Sonoma County is investigating Climate Protection measures. Marin and San Francisco want to go green. South San Joaquin wants energy independence. From 51% renewable by 2017 to 100% green by 2020, California towns, cities and counties are being aggressively blocked by PG&E with hundreds of millions of dollars in ratepayer bailout windfall-funded lobbying and slick flag-waving public relations campaigns. Today PG&E paints itself green based on its nuclear plants and a bunch of old hydropower dams. To greenwash itself, PG&E has spent incredible sums in television, radio, billboard and direct mail to persuade the public that it is leading the very green power movement that it is working so hard to block. In the meantime, PG&E has aggressively invested in more gas-fired power plant infrastructure, and is seeking a five billion dollar ($5 B) rate increase from state regulators over the next three years (the largest increase in PG&E history) to pay for a new generation of fossil power plants powered on imported Liquefied Natural Gas from a PG&E-sponsored importation terminal on the Oregon border.

In short, PG&E is making bad fossil investments that it wants its customers captive to pay for in coming decades. Moreover, PG&E is the nation's nuclear cheerleader, promoting a rebranded nuclear power as "carbon-free" - and has petitioned federal regulators to allow its old nukes to keep running. While failing to meet California's mandated green power minimums since they day they were approved by the legislature in 2002, PG&E has spent nearly as much money blocking communities from implementing local green energy programs that offer consumers an alternative to PG&E supply. From South San Joaquin to San Francisco, Marin to San Luis Obispo, PG&E is seeking to raise rates to pay for its fossil nuclear future. That's why Sierra Club California, League of Women Voters and many other environmental groups were strongly opposed to Prop 16.

 

AROUND ELECTION DAY

"In charge of public power," San Francisco Chronicle interview of Marin Energy Authority Chairman Charles McGlashan (June 6, 2010)

"A Ballot Battle Over Power Electrifies California Voters," Sunpluggers article by Erin Milnes (June 5, 2010)

"CCA Plans Include Renewables, But Solar's Role Small at First," Sunpluggers article by Erin Milnes (June 5, 2010)

"Shock and awful: behind PG&E's plans to unplug Community Choice once and for all," Pacific Sun article by Peter Seidman (June 3, 2010)

"OPINION: IT Leaders Need to Speak Out Against Prop 16," earth2tech opinion by Greenpeace Analyst Gary Cook (June 3, 2010)

"Marin Voice: Prop. 16 is PG&E's power play," Marin Independent Journal opinion by former Sierra Club President Larry Fahn (June 1, 2010)

"Seeking more flexibility in providing power to its residents, Benicia joins Prop. 16 opposition," Times-Herald (Solano-Napa) article by Tony Burchyns (May 31, 2010)

"California Regulators Bar 'Untrue or Misleading Speech' by Utilities on CCAs," Sunpluggers article (May 26, 2010)

"Beating the reaper -- S.F.'s clean energy program clears a key milestone in its race against Prop. 16," San Francisco Bay Guardian article by Rebecca Bowe (May 25, 2010)

"Prop 16 gets 'no' vote from San Luis Obispo County Board of Supevisors," KVEC News Talk 920 report by King Harris (May 26, 2010)

"Battleground California," The Huffington Post article by Carl Pope (May 26, 2010)

"A public power landmark -- and the battle to come -- CCA allows communities to offer an alternative — to buy cleaner power in bulk and resell it at comparable or cheaper rates to residents and businesses" San Francisco Bay Guardian editorial (May 25, 2010)

"Mill Valley to buy electricity from public agency," San Jose Mercury News article by Associated Press (May 25, 2010)

"The Monopoly Strikes Back: In a California Battle Over Clean Power, IT Companies Must Use Their Force," Greenpeace International blog (May 25, 2010)

"Marin County presents possible model for beefing up clean energy in Boulder - Marin Energy Authority flipped switch on 78 percent renewables this month," The Colorado Daily article by Laura Snider (May 22, 2010)

"San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace to Argue Against License Renewal for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant," Mothers for Peace Press Release (May 18, 2010)

"'Californians Vote Green' - Yet another deceptive slate mailer," The Signal (Santa Clarita Valley) article by Lynne Plambeck (May 19, 2010)

"Prop. 16 would require two-thirds vote to create municipal utilities," Ventura County Star article by Timm Herdt (May 19, 2010)

"Public meeting tomorrow on Prop 16 & a proposed initiative to overturn AB32," East County Magazine (San Diego County) announcement (May 17, 2010)

"A California battle over power to the people," People's World article by Juan Lopez (May 17, 2010)

"PG&E’s tactics on community choice under fire (San Francisco)," Sustainable Business Oregon article (May 10, 2010)

"Marin Clean Energy is officially in business," San Francisco Chronicle blog by David Baker (May 7, 2010)

"Prop. 16 protects energy utilities' monopoly status, may suppress renewables, says independent UC Berkeley report by the Center for Law Energy & the Environment," Physorg.com article with link to the report (May 7, 2010)

"Prop 16 Would Protect Power Monopolies, Suppress Green Power," Berkeley Law School Press Release (May 7, 2010)

"Pioneer public power program launches in Marin," San Francisco Chronicle article by David Baker (May 7, 2010)

"Legislation that made Marin Clean Energy possible emerged from chaos of deregulation," Marin Independent Journal article by Richard Halstead (May 5, 2010)

"Marin Clean Energy details greenhouse gas reduction estimates," Marin Independent Journal article by Richard Halstead (May 5, 2010)

"Utility warned about violating rules on Community Choice," Sunpluggers article by Michael Balchunas (May 4, 2010)

"Marin says 78% of its power is renewable," San Francisco Business Journal article by Lindsay Riddell (April 23, 2010)

"Power by the People," Bates Magazine article by Bryce Hubner (April 21, 2010)

APRIL

"PG&E strategy: exploit voter angst to pass Prop 16 under 'voter's rights' guise," California Progress Report article by Dan Aiello (April 15, 2010)

"PG&E's Energy Empire," Mother Jones article by Taylor Wiles (April 14, 2010)

"Central Valley PG&E Competitor Generating Money," The Manteca Bulletin article by Dennis Wyatt (April 12, 2010)

"PG&E's new rates could help Marin green power," San Jose Mercury News staff report by Dick Spotswood (April 11, 2010)

"Power Mad: Orwell fans take note: PG&E's war on public utilities goes to ballot as the 'Right to Vote Act,' North Bay Bohemian cover story by Kylie Mendonca (April 1, 2010)

"Climate action is the focus at City Council, rally," Oakland North article by Melanie Mason (March 31, 2010)

"McGlashan, Nation duel over Marin energy plan," Contra Costa Times article by Richard Halstead (March 31, 2010)

"PG&E: California's Fossil Fuel War Lords - Lies, Distortions & Dirty Tricks," Green Chip Stocks article by Chris Nelder (March 26, 2010)

"EDITORIAL: CCA: Get it done by the deadline," by the San Francisco Bay Guardian (March 30, 2010)

"Deadline looms for San Francisco’s green power program,"San Francisco Bay Guardian article by Rebecca Bowe (March 29, 2010)

"You Are Now Paying for the Next 3 Mile Island," Solve Climate article by author and historian Harvey Wasserman (March 29, 2010)

"A California Ballot Initiative Could Spell Trouble for Renewable Energy," Solve Climate article by Amy Westervelt (March 28, 2010)

"Why greens oppose Prop 16," Santa Rosa Press Democrat article by Pete Golis (March 27, 2010)

"EDITORIAL: PG&E's rate schange a bad idea," San Francisco Chronicle (March 25, 2010)

"San Francisco Rallies to Support CCA, Against PG&E Misinformation Campaign," Fog City Journal article by Michael J. Acosta (March 24, 2010)

"Marin Energy Authority files complaint against PG&E," North Bay Business Journal article by Jenna V. Loceff (March 12, 2010)

 

EARLY MARCH

"Vote no on Proposition 16 - PG&E's attack on competition," Sierra Club Yodeler article by John Rizzo (March 6, 2010)

"California Voters to Choose: PG&E and Refineries or Clean Energy and the Climate," San Luis Obispo Tribune article by David Sneed (March 10, 2010)

"Diablo relicensing delay sought," Huffington Post article by Mike Sandler (March 5, 2010)

"Former president of coalition opposing Marin Clean Energy says he supports local initiative," Marin Independent Journal article by Richard Halstead (March 5 2010)

"The Uncertainty Factor Does a New Fault Line Discovery Put Diablo Canyon Power Plant in Jeopardy?," Santa Barbara Independent article by Nick Welsh (March 4, 2010)

"Scientists Confirm Mismanagement by PG&E is Killing Two Northern California Rivers and Degrading Salmon Habitat; Friends of the Eel River Takes Legal Action," PR Newswire article by Richard Halstead (March 1, 2010)

 

FEBRUARY

 

"PG&E Funds Anti-Green Measure," East Bay Express article by Robert Gammon (February 16, 2010)

"Be smart about energy sources," Lompoc Record article by Bess Christensen (February 17, 2010)

"Large Marin energy users face choice: PG&E or more renewable energy," Contra Costa Times article by Richard Halstead (February 8, 2010

"PG&E's Nuclear Revival - Cleanliness Is Next to Dogliness," Santa Barbara Independent article by Nick Welsh (February 4, 2010)

"NRC to discuss PG&E's license renewal for Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant: Two public meetings are set for Tuesday at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo," iStockAnalyst article by David Sneed (February 3, 2010)

"Public questions PG&E's Diablo Nuclear reactor renewal:"New Times article by journalist Matt Fountain (February 10, 2010)

"PG&E has shaky grounds:"New Times article by Rochelle Becker of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility (February 10, 2010)

"Marin County to provide power, oust PG&E," San Francisco Chronicle article by David R. Baker (February 4, 2010)

"Marin County to bypass PG&E with power agency," San Francisco Chronicle article by David R. Baker (February 5, 2010)

 

FEBRUARY AND PRIOR

 

"PG&E spending millions to block local utilities," San Jose Mercury News article by Dana Hull (January 31, 2010)

"Upfront: Will Marin flip the switch? - PG&E gets down and dirty in attempts to thwart Marin Clean Energy," Pacific Sun article by Peter Seidman (January 29, 2010)

"PG&E threatens to sue Marin water district over 'clean energy' loan"Contra Costa times article by Richard Halstead (January 29, 2010)

PG&E Wants Californians to Wear Green Goggles (Sustainablog, Jan 13, 2010)

"San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera accuses PG&E of undermining City's clean power effort"KTVU Channel 2 (Jan 11, 2010)

"Community Bids to Bypass Utilities Facing Hurdles in Calif."New York Times article by Debra Kahn (January 7, 2010)

"PG&E Wants Rate Hike for Efficient Energy Users," Mission Local article by George Szakallz

"PG&E news roundup: Discounts for energy hogs, new power plants in poor communities, and the CEO’s incredible expanding pension," San Francisco Bay Guardian article by Rebecca Bowe (November 6, 2009)

"The Two Faces of PG&E" by Columnist Robert Speer (Chico News & Review, (Sep 22, 2009)

"PG&E Scores More Fossil Fuels: The utility's $2.3 billion project to import liquid natural gas from overseas would increase greenhouse gas emissions and destroy habitat.," East Bay Express article by Robert Gammon (December 23, 2009)

"New Group Seeks to Bring Greener Power to Marin:"New York Times  article by Katharine Mieszkowski (Dec 22, 2009)

"Monopoly Money - Can one utility block Marin's climate protection efforts?" by Juliane Poirier (MetroActive - San Jose, New Bohemian - Oct 21, 2009)

 

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