Petaluma leaders hear pitch for local power agency

Petaluma's city leaders Monday night dug into the structure and risks of the planned Sonoma Clean Power Authority, an alternative to utility giant PG&E promised to bring a greener product to county residents.

Council members offered no glimpse at whether they're likely to vote to join Windsor and unincorporated areas of Sonoma County in taking part in the power authority during two hours of presentation, discussion and comments at City Hall before an overflowing audience.

"This is a good discussion, and this is how people's questions are going to get answers," Mayor David Glass said. "In the last couple of weeks we've been bombarded with questions and concerns."

Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, the lone member of the board to vote against launching the power authority in April when it was approved, started Monday's discussion by emphasizing that he is a proponent of local, cleaner power and simply wants more time to vet questions.

"I want to know what I'm buying, there are questions I felt the public needed answered; I want to make sure Sonoma clean power will work as intended," Rabbitt said.

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