WILLITS, 3/25/19 — An energy forum, focused on the future of sustainable energy in Willits, will take place this week, on Thursday March 28 at the Willits Environmental Hub, organized by Willits Economic Localization. The event will feature a presentation from Sonoma Clean Power, followed by a forum including Supervisor John Haschak, staff from the City of Willits, and local experts on sustainable energy practices. People are encouraged to ask questions and contribute ideas; the new energy plan for the City of Willits will also be discussed.
The event takes place this on Thursday, March 28, at the Willits Hub, 630 S Main Street, at 7 p.m. Here’s all the details the full press release:
ENERGY FORUM, MARCH 28, 7PM at the Willits HubPress release from WELL (Willits Economic Localization).
Is our energy safe & sustainable? How can you save electricity, money and help the planet? The upcoming ENERGY FORUM, sponsored by WELL (Willits Economic Localization), will explore these questions. It takes place Thursday, March 28, 7pm at the Willits Environmental Hub, 630 S. Main St. (just two doors south of Mariposa Market) in Willits.
The main presenter will be Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), which now supplies electricity for almost all of Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. PG&E handles the distribution lines and still does the billings, but customers’ electricity is provided by SCP unless they have explicitly ‘opted out.’ SCP is a non-profit Community Choice Aggregate, with a Board of Directors representing the member jurisdictions (including Willits and unincorporated Mendocino County). SCP’s mission is “to help solve climate change while positively contributing to our local economy…” Find out about SCP’s policies and energy sources at the Forum! They may also explain the potential impacts of PG&E’s bankruptcy.
Their presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including:
· Keith Rutledge, founder of REDI (Renewable Energy Development Institute);
· Michael Hackleman, author of several books and founder of KZYX’s Energy Hour;
· Apperson Energy, which does energy audits and retrofits for efficiency;
· Supervisor John Haschak, addressing the County’s energy policies; and
· City of Willits, reporting on its newly developing energy plan.
There will be time for Q and A and discussion from the audience. Willits has been a pioneer in the solar and alternative energy field for several decades (as documented in the film ‘Solar Roots,’ shown at the Grange on Mar. 17). We expect many local participants to contribute their ideas and expertise. WELL will be looking at ways to help implement these ideas in the future.
There will also be a short WELL Membership Meeting to elect Coordinating Committee members. For more information, contact Madge at [email protected]or 459-1493.