The Culver City City Council voted unanimously to pass South Bay Clean Power’s resolution to participate in the Community Choice Power Feasibility Study being conducted and funded by the County of Los Angeles. Although five members of the public filled out cards to speak in favor of passing the resolution, Councilmembers indicated they were ready to pass the resolution without being persuaded and the speakers happily waived their time at the podium.
A happy group following the vote in Culver City. (from left to right) Mayor Michael O’Leary, Amy from Sierra Club My Generation, Zach from Sierra Club My Generation, Councilmember Meghan Sahlin-Wells, Ethan from Sierra Club My Generation, Nadia Colombi from Sierra Club My Generation, Sam Sukaton from Sierra Club My Generation and Councilmember Jim B. Clarke
Several Culver City residents turned out to support the City’s participation and in favor of reaping the benefits of Community Choice Power programs. Youth members of the Sierra Club’s My Generation/Beyond Coal group, from UCLA, all in bright green t-shirts were also there to support the measure and thank the Councilmembers afterwards.
With the County’s CCA Implementation Work Group about to start its meetings, of the 80 cities eligible to do so, only the 13 cities that are part of the South Bay Clean Power initiative have passed a resolution to participate in the feasibility study.
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is also participating in the study but doing so independently – outside of the SBCP effort. Combined, these 14 cities have more electric power than any other Community Choice Power program in the state of California.
The South Bay Clean Power working group is still targeting the cities of Gardena, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale and El Segundo for their participation in the study and the County’s CCA Implementation Work Group. We will not rest until all residents and businesses are offered the opportunity to get much cleaner energy at a nonprofit price with local control.
On May 31, Climate Action Santa Monica hosted a forum featuring Joe Galliani of South Bay Clean Power and Shawn Marshall (via webinar) of LEAN Energy US. Shawn explains what a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program is, how they function, and how well they’re working for Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power, and Lancaster Choice Energy. Joe shares the history of South Bay Clean Power’s initiative and its then status and progress. If you weren’t among the almost 200 people in attendance that fine day, here are their complete presentations.
The South Bay Clean Power momentum machine just keeps humming along with each new day bringing more good news. First, the biggest news –
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the bipartisan motion offered by Republican Board of Supervisor for the 4th District, Don Knabe, and 3rd District Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl. The motion approves funding of $300,000 for an LA County Choice Aggregation (CCA) Feasibility Study and creates an LA County Community Choice Aggregation Task Force. Each of the 11 cities that have passed the Resolution to Participate in a CCA Feasibility Study have a seat on that Task Force as does South Bay Clean Power, UCLA, USC and others.
The California legislature adopted Community Choice Aggregation legislation in 2002 that allows cities and counties in California to form nonprofit entities to purchase electricity from wholesale power generators on behalf of their communities. A CCA replaces the existing, investor-owned monopoly utilities (e.g., Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electricity) in obtaining electricity and designing retail electricity rates for end-use customers. A CCA relies on the existing electric distribution infrastructure managed by the existing investor-owned monopoly utility to transport electricity to customers via its wires and lines that comprise the grid as we know it. Under the terms of the law, the CCA becomes the de facto electricity provider for the community’s residents: all customers are transitioned into the CCA and must opt out to remain with the investor-owned utility.
Yes, we said 11 cities will have seats on the County CCA Task Force, because as of Wednesday September 16, the City of Malibu became the 11th city to vote unanimously to pass the resolution to participate in the study. We had previously met independently with City Staff and had two separate meetings of the Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee where we first met Councilmember Skylar Peak, and Mayor John Sibert. Big thanks to Craig George, who heads Malibu’s Environmental Sustainability Department. Continue reading