I have begun following the consideration by the county Board of Supervisors of a possible study/creation of a Community Choice Energy (CCE), and feel the board made the right choice to not address the issue at this time. This is despite the looming closure of the Diablo Canyon Power plant by 2025.
I question the basic principle of whether county government should use taxpayer funding to enter into competition with private/public industry. I’m sure there would be tremendous costs associated with staffing and additional personnel benefits (pensions, etc.) to an already staggering load that is on our governmental entities.
What would be the expense to existing county services (roads, public health, homeless services, etc.)? Where would funds come from to provide facilities, payroll and services?
I say this having lived in Lompoc many years ago, where the city provided electricity to consumers. I also lived in Washington State, where a county public power service (hydro power generation and distribution systems) provided energy for its residents. But Grant County, Washington, facilities were created many years ago with the building of Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, along with many other large federal government projects.
Therefore, I am glad the Board of Supervisors decided not to enter this questionable arena at this time.
Bill Cockshott, Arroyo Grande