Comstock's magazine 1118 - November 2018 - Page 41

75 percent of VCE’s standard electricity package is made up of renewable or large hydro sources, compared with 51 per- cent for PG&E. Only 29 percent of Pioneer’s energy portfolio is from renewables, with the remainder from “unspecified sources of power.” Retallack says that’s because Pioneer has been running only six months and hasn’t secured all of its long-term contracts; with time, its renewable percentage will rise. “We’re very cognizant of renewables, but we’re also very cognizant of cost,” she says. POWER STRUGGLE You might not think control of the electrical grid could start a knife fight — but if you lived in Yolo County in 2006, you’d know that’s wrong. That year, local activists and elected of- ficials got two measures put on the November ballot to ex- pand the service territory of Sacramento Municipal Utility District — one of the 10 largest publicly owned utilities in the U.S. — into parts of the county. (PG&E had fought hard against SMUD’s formation, tying it up in the courts for al- most 25 years, after voters first approved its formation in 1923.) Then and now, SMUD’s residential electricity rates beat PG&E’s by about 30 percent. SMUD is not a CCA (and CCAs can’t legally operate in areas served by a municipally-owned utility) and so would “Currently, we know collectively we’re saving ratepayers here in Placer County $10 million a year.” Join our growing community of Champions. - Jenine Windeshausen, treasurer/tax collector, Placer County G REATER S ACRAMENTO E C O N O M I C C O U N C I L Along with fellow private- and public-sector leaders, you'll complete a one-day certification course in economic development, gain firsthand knowledge about regional assets and strategies underway to advance the Greater Sacramento economy, and have the unique opportunity to attend events with decision makers in the region and beyond throughout the year. Learn more about the Certified Champions opportunity at November 2018 | 41