New UCLA Study Says South Bay Clean Power is Right for Santa Monica. Most Powerful Tool for Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We’ve had an advance look at the 2015 UCLA Practicum Report for The City of Santa Monica – Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions produced by UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability under the direction of Juan Matute.  It’s a blockbuster report full of extraordinary data that will help decision makers in the region with energy planning.

Here’s the biggest headline from our perspetive:

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The report makes a strong case for the power of a local Community Choice Power program to reduce emissions beyond all other measures available: Continue reading

Talking with IBEW About Jobs, Job Training, and Union Installed Solar

South Bay Clean Power is looking to create a Sustainable Work Force Policy that brings local jobs, job training, workforce development and community benefits to our effort.  And we’re looking to partner with our brothers and sisters in the key unions in order to bring union quality workmanship and standards to the many megawatts of renewable energy our Community Choice Power program will develop and generate.

We see a great future in partnering with unions like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 11.  They cover LA County and they would be strong and valuable partners in the development and implementation of South Bay Clean Power’s Community Choice Power initiative.

So South Bay Clean Power has made a concerted and sincere effort to reach out to IBEW 11, led by our labor committee, headed by Dency Nelson, a career long union member. We’ve also had great help from Ken Smokoska, a pioneer in bringing Community Choice Power programs together with union workers over the years.

We know from this exciting video that IBEW 11 released recently that they are as excited about the local labor opportunities as we are. They’ve been preparing for the work ahead for a while now –

So we were very excited to meet with IBEW last Thursday at their magnificent Electrical Training Institute in the City of Commerce to talk about our progress with South Bay Clean Power and to explore how we might work together.   Continue reading

City of Lomita Votes to Become 9th City to Unanimously Pass Community Choice Power Resolution

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Thanks to the efforts of Lomita City Manager, Michael Rock, the City of Lomita has now become the ninth city to unanimously pass the resolution to participate in a Community Choice Power feasibility study.  Rock, the former City Manager of Fairfax, California in Marin County, was there when Marin launched its successful Marin Clean Energy program in 2010.  His experience and expertise with Community Choice makes him a valuable subject matter expert on the subject.

We met with each member of the Lomita City Council – Mayor Henry Sanchez, Jr., Council member James Gazeley, Council member Mark Waronek, Council member Michael Savidan and Council member Ben Traina, as well as Assistant City Manager, Gary Sugano and Public Works Tom Shahbazi  to brief them on our South Bay Clean Power efforts and answer their questions.

The other eight cities which have passed the feasibility study resolutions are Torrance, Carson, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills and Palos Verdes Estates.