Can Boulder Learn from Marin? Making Renewable Energy a Community Choice
Charles McGlashan, Chairman, Marin Energy Authority
Supervisor Charles McGlashan shares Marin County’s experience solving a challenge also facing Boulder: How can a community can take control of its energy supply? Mr. McGlashan led the Marin County, California effort to adopt Marin Clean Energy. MCE is a joint power authority designed to serve the community’s priorities by providing 25% of consumer energy from renewable sources. While avoiding coal and nuclear power, Marin Clean Energy allows electric consumers to choose non-polluting renewable energy, foster development of local green power generation, and protect homes and businesses from uncertain fuel prices.
As a member of the Marin Board of Supervisors since 2004, Charles McGlashan has earned a reputation for innovation and working with all parties to ensure that Marin County remains a spectacular place to live and work. Prior to elected office, Mr. McGlashan worked for twenty-one years in environmental consulting, corporate finance and strategic planning. Recognized by many organizations for his environmental leadership, Supervisor McGlashan holds a BA from Yale and MBA from Stanford, both awarded with honors.
Clean Energy Action honors the passing of Charles McGlashan. Shortly after California’s victory for Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), Supervisor McGlashan passed away from a heart condition while on a ski trip. The community of Marin was thunderstruck, as were clean energy advocates throughout the country.