Today in the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Board Hearing Room 381B after both 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe and 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl both spoke glowingly about the prospects of Community Choice Aggregation and the need for L.A. County to explore its CCA options, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to pass a motion approving the first steps to do so.
We want to thank all five members of the BOS, including Mayor Michael Antonovich, 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and 1st District Supervisor Hilda Solis for their yes votes in favor of the motion.
And we’re also deeply appreciative of the efforts of Howard Choy, General Manager of the Office of Sustainability for the County of Los Angeles for all his support, vision and encouragement.
But for those of us who live in District 4 and District 3 and who have been working for many months to bring the Community Choice Power option to our communities today was a day to be especially proud of our representatives.
On Tuesday, March 17, St. Patricks Day, the LA County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion made by Supervisors Don Knabe and Sheila Kuehl to start exploring the counties CCA options, including quite naturally the initiative that drove this motion, our South Bay Clean Power effort. 5 cities in Knabe’s 4th District and the City of Santa Monica in Supervisor Kuehl’s 3rd District have already passed the resolution to participate in a CCA feasibility study and 11 more cities are expected to do so in the next 60 days.
Here is what the CCA motion says:
Recommendation as submitted by Supervisors Knabe and Kuehl: Instruct the Department of Internal Services’ Office of Sustainability in cooperation with the Interim Chief Executive Officer, to submit a written report to the Board in 90 days on the following issues, with a recommendation on additional actions required to implement a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program:
Assess the costs, benefits and risks associated with developing a CCA program within the County;
Summarize other jurisdictions’ experiences in implementing CCA programs and impacts on consumer’s electricity costs;
Identify potential CCA governance and financial models for ongoing operations;
Work with cities within the County to gauge their interest in CCA and to assess the potential benefits of consistency and scale in a Countywide CCA program;
Meet with local utilities to assess the potential benefits of partnering to develop a CCA in the region; and
Identify up to $150,000 in funding to conduct a feasibility analysis of initiating a CCA. (15-1196)
Although not available to the general public, this high level Community Choice Aggregation Forum for local electeds, their staff and key decision makers here in Southern California is another sign of our growing momentum and broad interest in CCAs.
We are proud to have introduced this topic into the local zeitgeist last year and to have South Bay Clean Power’s initiative driving the attention and progress as we seek to build a Community Choice Power program that helps us transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy as rapidly as can be done.