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The Los Angeles County CCA Feasibility Study & Business Plan

Here it is, released Thursday night.



We are amused that the words “South Bay Clean Power” are nowhere to be found in this document since the LA County Program is the result of our efforts and began at our request to Supervisor Don Knabe’s office in November of 2014.

Perhaps the report’s Kirkland, Washington consultants did not review our website or history as part of their due diligence or best practices in this, their first effort at a California CCA business plan.

Please note that this document is the work of the LA County Internal Services Department and has not been reviewed or approved by Supervisors Knabe and Kuehl, or the Board of Supervisors.  Rest assured both of our CCA champions are well informed and up to speed about our role and efforts in this process.

NEW VIDEO: CCA in LA in Less Than Three Minutes

We are proud to have collaborated with our labor partners at the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11, and their Labor Management Cooperative Committee in producing this video being released today explaining the basics of basics of Community Choice Aggregation and its implications for our South Bay Clean Power cities and the County of Los Angeles:

MCE Solar Customers Earn $1 Million+ for Excess Energy Production

  • Benicia NEM check


MCE recently completed its fifth annual cash out process for rooftop solar customers, offering $1,028,452 in check payments to buy the excess solar generated electricity from approximately 3,000 customers.

“It’s gratifying to see so many customers receive checks through MCE’s net energy metering program,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Of the $1 million MCE offered to customers who produced more energy than they consumed in the last year, more than 20% was paid to local schools and public agencies. We’re proud to support solar customers and we salute them for adding 100% renewable power to our community energy supply.”

On June 21, the Benicia City Council accepted a check for $113,238.64 from MCE. MCE will also deliver a check for $28,343.84 to The West Contra Costa Unified School District at an upcoming Board meeting.

MCE supports customers who have solar with a different payment structure than PG&E, crediting customers at the full retail rate plus an extra penny per kilowatt-hour for electricity generated. A meter tracks the net difference between the amount of electricity their solar panels produce and the amount of electricity used during each billing month. When the panels produce more electricity than is used on-site, customers receive a credit on their bill.

Most customers with solar in California are required to forfeit any excess credits on their account each year through a “true-up” process, although a percentage of customers are entitled to receive a minimal payment at wholesale rates. MCE offers a better alternative, allowing customers who earn credits of $100 or more to cash out at their full retail rate, or simply roll the credits over into the next year.

MCE has also allocated $80,000 in rebates for new residential solar installations and partners with GRID Alternatives to offer $800 rebates to low-income customers who install solar panels.

Courtesy of our Friends at Marin Clean Energy:

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Top 5 Things LA County Community Choice Energy Business Plan Will Say

Even though the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy “Business Plan” which will combine a feasibility study with an implementation plan for the County’s CCA still hasn’t been published, those of us who have participated on the LA County CCA Task Force have a good idea of some of the headline items that will be in the plan. Here’s 5 things you can expect to see confirmed:

  1. Los Angeles Community Choice Energy can offer 50% renewable energy to its customers at a lower rate than Southern California Edison delivers 28% renewable energy.


2.  Los Angeles Community Choice Energy will save its ratepayers $20 – $100 million dollars. Continue reading

Here’s Our Workforce Development Input for LA County’s Community Choice Energy Program

Our South Bay Clean Power Economic and Workforce Development Advisory Committee had breakfast with LA County’s Energy and Sustainability Manager, Howard Choy, last month to discuss what would be in the County’s Implementation and Business Plan on these issues.  At that meeting we were invited by Howard, whom we’ve been working with since early 2015, to provide the input for the County’s plan.  You can download what we submitted HERE.

This is the cover letter that accompanied our input. We were very proud to have it sent on IBEW 11 letterhead: