Stunning New USC Report Recommends Community Choice Power for Torrance

USC Capstone Torrance CoverOn Tuesday night, December 9th, 2014 the USC Price School of Policy delivered a “pre-feasibility” study on the prospects for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program for the City of Torrance, California.  The report details the same benefits of significantly more renewable power used, lower rates for customers, local control and rule making, local job creation, local investment stimulation and local clean power generation potential.  Click HERE to read the report.

The report’s blockbuster news is the 84 brownfield sites it identifies which have a potential for 544 MW of solar energy production within the City limits of Torrance.

Here’s part of the report’s key recommendations:

After careful consideration of the options and the history of successful attempts at similar policy, it is recommended that the City of Torrance pursue efforts to form a Resolution to support a Technical Feasibility Study for the formation of a CCA. Based on the current push in the South Bay region, it is recommended that Torrance join and even take a leading role in the regional effort. The purchasing power of this scale would provide for success in acquiring energy at competitive rates.

South Bay Clean Power thanks Torrance City Council member, Tim Goodrich, for reaching out to the USC Price School of Policy Capstone program to conduct this report.  And we welcome Torrance as another South Bay City now ready to pass a resolution to participate in a feasibility study for a Community Choice Power program.

South Bay Comes Together To Study Community Choice Power

On November 18, 2014 representatives from Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lomita, Palos Verdes Estates, Santa Moncia, the South Bay Cities Council of Governments and The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability came together at Hermosa Beach City Hall’s Council Chamber for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Study Session hosted by the City of Hermosa Beach and South Bay Clean Power.

In this video segment, Councilmember Michael DiVirgilo welcomes the audience, followed by City Manager, Tom Bakaly, who talks about the city’s efforts thus far on Community Choice Power