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Sonoma Clean Power launch approaching soon

Officials overseeing Sonoma County's startup public power agency on Thursday discussed the agency's rapidly approaching launch, including a series of steps geared toward securing an initial power supply and the simpler task of setting up office space.

After more than two years of planning and preliminary development, Sonoma Clean Power is entering its busiest phase yet.

"It really is crunch time at the end of October, November and December," said Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin, the power agency chairwoman.

Next month, the public will get its first look at the retail rates staff will use to guide power supply negotiations.

At the same time, the agency plans to unveil draft terms and conditions, including the general power supply mix and greenhouse gas emission targets, that four competing energy companies will use to bid for the initial contract.

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