20 months after we introduced the topic of CCA in the City of Calabasas, that City at the far eastern edge of Los Angeles County has become the very first member of the new Los Angeles Community Choice Energy program and we could not be happier!
Special recognition has to go to Alan Weiner the leader of 350 Conejo/San Fernando Valley who organized that first workshop at the Calabasas Library on October 22 in 2015. South Bay Clean Power Working Group Chair, Joe Galliani, traveled to the City to present a briefing and answer questions on Community Choice Aggregation to city staff and interested parties from that City, Agoura Hills, and Westlake Village covered in the local Acorn newspaper.
SPEAK OUT—Alan Weiner of Agoura Hills addresses a recent Calabasas energy collective workshop. Right Joe Galliani from the 350.org Climate Action Group. (SYLVIE BELMOND/Acorn Newspapers)
On Tuesday night, May 23, the City Council of Palos Verdes Estates after hearing presentations from their staff; from South Bay Clean Power Working Group Chair, Joe Galliani; from Matt Skolnik of the Los Angeles County Chief of Sustainability’s office and from Joe Sullivan of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association decided to have staff review and analyze the draft JPA and Business plan of South Bay Clean Power and report back on its merits. Staff will also review and consider the JPA and business plan offered by the County’s Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE) program.
Palos Verdes Estates becomes the 8th consecutive City Council to chose to have their staffs review, analyze and report back on the South Bay Clean Power plan and draft JPA and joins the cities of Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Carson, Malibu, and Culver City.
South Bay Clean Power is confident that upon review and vetting our business plan cities will choose to use it as the model to form the most progressive and effective CCA in the state of California for all the reasons cited by industry expert, Kent Palmerton.
Kent Palmerton is one of the top public power industry professionals we submitted our South Bay Clean Power business plan to. We asked them all to take a critical look at our plan and offer their opinions and analysis. We are very proud to received this strong endorsement from Mr. Palmerton. Click here to read and download the entire letter.
On Friday, May 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach the Center for Climate Protection held their 3rd annual Business of Local Energy Symposium – known in the CCA world as the Big Kahuna of CCA.
This year’s opening speaker, California State Senator Ben Allen, who represents the South Bay and Westside cities of Los Angeles County, shared his insights on South Bay Clean Power’s unique approach and our leadership role on CCA in the biggest County in the state:
We appreciate Senator Allen sharing our history together and we proudly accept our grassroots, community leadership role on CCA and our responsibility to make our South Bay Clean Power CCA the progressive model for not only the LA County program, but also the Long Beach Clean Power initiative we started in 2016 and the new Orange County Clean Power initiative we are now heading.
California State Senator, Ben Allen (center), the Senator’s Senior District Representative Fernando Morales (left), and Joe Galliani of South Bay Clean Power (right) at the Business of Local Energy Symposium
Here are Senator Allen’s complete remarks as captured by Facebook lifestream video:
As you may know, South Bay Clean Power is a South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group initiative. We began as part of 350’s 100% renewables campaign and were spawned when the City of Manhattan Beach partnered with SB/LA 350 on MB2025 on March 29, 2014.
So we were understandably deeply gratified to receive this letter from 350.org Executive Director May Boeve, yesterday:
It’s time for the Coachella of CCA, the Business of Local Energy Symposium, being held this year in Long Beach and South Bay Clean Power is proud to be a major part of the event on Friday, May 5.
Environment California, one of the most respected and effective environmental organizations in the Golden State now joins Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, IBEW 11, Food & Water Watch, MuniFed Energy, Climate Hawks Vote, the Carson Coalition and Angelina Galetiva in endorsing and supporting our South Bay Clean Power Business Plan.