Long Beach Sustainability Commission Looks at Community Choice Power

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We were very happy to be at Long Beach City Hall for the meeting of the Long Beach Sustainability Commission on March 24, along with LA County Energy Manager, Howard Choy, and our partners from IBEW 11/LA NECA/LMCC.

Tony Foster of Long Beach Oil and Gas did a great job presenting the basics of Community Choice Aggregation and outlining its growth and status in California. Afterwards he expressed his appreciation for our help in preparing for his presentation.

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We were especially grateful for Howard Choy’s remarks regarding South Bay Clean Power’s role in serving as the catalyst and promoters of the LA County CCA program.

Welcome to the Future: Community Choice Power could take 60% of California’s Investor Owned Utility Business

According to our friends at the Center for Climate Protection:

The combined population of areas with existing and about-to-launch programs, as well as large population areas considering Community Choice programs, is about 17.6 million. If all of these had operational Community Choice programs by 2020, and if we subtract out the approximately 25 percent of Californians already served by Municipal Utility Districts (therefore ineligible for Community Choice), then about 60 percent of eligible Californians would be able to select Community Choice. This transformation would happen ten years from the time Marin Clean Energy went live.

As you can see from this chart the Center for Climate Protection produced the Los Angeles County is the undisputed Big Dog of all programs on the list. And it is with no shortage of pride that we point out that without South Bay Clean Power acting as the driving force catalyst and bringing our vision for CCA to the LA County Board of Supervisors, specifically Supervisors Don Knabe and Shelia Kuehl, there would be no LA County program.  Continue reading

Creating the Clean Energy Economy: The Business of Local Energy

On March 4 we traveled to the heart of the Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, to participate in the sold out statewide symposium: Community Choice Aggregation gathering, “Creating the Clean Energy Economy: The Business of Local Energy

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The Symposium’s keynote speakers and panel discussions focused on Community Choice energy and how to optimize competition and choice for significant greenhouse gas reduction, energy resiliency, and local economic gain.
The event attracted a sold-out crowd of 350 people from all over California, including 48 speakers who discussed Community Choice from diverse perspectives and areas of expertise.

South Bay Clean Power Chair, Joe Galliani, spoke on the “Work in Process: Forming Community Choice Energy Agencies – Issues and Opportunities” panel which was moderated by Margaret Bruce, of Manzanita Consulting Associates. Also participating on that panel was Supervisor Dave Pine, San Mateo County; Melody Tovar, Regulatory Programs Division Manager at City of Sunnyvale; and San Francisco Public Utilities Commissioner, Barbara Hale,

The entire day’s program was expertly designed to inform attendees about the entire spectrum of Community Choice interests and expertise – those in the early investigative stages, elected officials in the process of setting up a program, and energy entrepreneurs developing technology to green the grid – to spark creative discussions and innovative solutions. It did exactly that for us! Continue reading