Tri-Valley Energy Provider Will Decide Whether to Add Nuclear Power to Mix

The Independent

Ava Community Energy, formerly known as East Bay Community Energy, will consider including nuclear energy in its power mix at its board meeting next month.

While the move would reduce the carbon content of one of Ava’s service plans and offer some cost stability over its current use of carbon-free hydropower, some consumers worry an acceptance would unnecessarily bolster PG&E and call into question Ava’s clean energy goals.

“I don’t think it is reasonable for us, in the current climate, to sort of rely on large hydro because we have had so many drought years,” said Annie Henderson, Ava’s chief customer officer. “We do seek hydroelectric power because it is carbon free, but it is not readily accessible and it’s become much, much more expensive.”

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