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On Feb. 22, the Napa County Green Party is organizing a panel to discuss Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).

The panel will include Green Party Mayor of Richmond Gayle Mclaughlin, Renewable Energy Implementation Manager Woody Hastings, and President of Récolte Energy Gopal Shanker. This event will be at 6 p.m. at the Napa County Library Community Room.

The Napa County Green Party supports Community Choice Aggregation in Napa County. It has proposed using Napa Pipe as a renewable energy production and distribution center. This would be one out of many ways to support CCA in Napa.

CCAs are a progressive approach to solving some of our climate change problems. In a period of economic recession, they create jobs, lower energy costs and give control of rate-setting to the customers.

CCA permits any city or county to aggregate the electric loads of residents, businesses and municipal facilities to facilitate the purchase and sale of electrical energy. It allows customers to replace ozone-damaging fossil fuel energy sources with various renewable clean-energy sources.

The panel will be introduced by Mark Lucas, vice president of the Napa County Bicycle Coalition and member of the Napa Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.

Woody Hastings is renewable energy implementation manager for the Climate Protection Campaign. He has 23 years of energy and policy experience with government, nonprofit organizations and private companies throughout California.

Gopal Shanker is president of Récolte Energy Gopal Shanker. He will talk about the benefits of CCA from the perspective of a renewable energy developer. Récolte Energy is a Napa Valley-based renewable energy consulting firm.

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Richmond Mayor Mclaughlin will explain how, as an elected city official, she was able to help bring CCA to her city. Richmond joined the Marin Energy Authority to participate in the CCA program in June 2012.

Please join us on Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Napa County Library, for this informative event.

Alex Shantz / Co-coordinator, Napa County Green Party

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