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)
Last night the Redondo Beach City Council voted 3-2 to approve staff’s recommendation that they receive and file South Bay Clean Power’s draft JPA and business plan, review and analyze them and make recommendations as to what are the City’s best CCA options. Staff will do likewise with Los Angeles County’s JPA and business plan.
Los Angeles County’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Gary Gero, fresh from Tuesday’s vote by the LA County Board of Supervisors to move forward with a CCA program and fund the first phase to launch LA County’s unincorporated areas, offered Redondo Beach the opportunity to be the first city to join the County’s program, but Redondo chose to carefully weigh its options.
Thank you, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter!
South Bay Clean Power was excited to be included in last month’s Community Choice Aggregation panel at the legendary VerdeXchange 2017.
The panel was moderated by Katy Young, Deputy for the Environment and Arts, Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The other CCA panelists included Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County; Dawn Weisz, the CEO of Marin Clean Energy; and Southern California Edison VP of Energy Procurement & Management, Colin Cushnie.
Here’s South Bay Clean Power Chair, Joe Galliani, talking about the local grassroots effort that launched the entire County of Los Angeles’ on the CCA track.
Just before we broke for the holidays we had the opportunity to meet with the Executive Director of the Center for Powerful Public Schools, Jeanne Fauci, and the Center’s Director of Finance and Operations, Michael Key. Our mutual friends from Santa Monica Climate Action brought us together.
The Center is doing remarkable work in several areas and is supported by some well known and highly respected backers
We were there to talk specifically about their program in which they train high school students at Carson High School to conduct energy efficiency audits. Since energy efficiency efforts will one of South Bay Clean Power’s foundational elements we wanted to learn more about how we could help get more young people trained to do this important work that holds strong employment potential.
One of the key steps in forming a Community Choice Aggregation program is the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) agreement that participating cities and counties sign to formalize their nonprofit partnership.
On December 15 in the presentation theatre of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments in Torrance, we held our 2nd meeting of the SBCP Advisory Committee with members attending both in person and on-line to review the details of the draft JPA our Working Group had submitted to cities to form a South Bay Clean Power CCA
The SBCP JPA draft was based on review of other CCAs Joint Power Authority agreements and selected the best elements for the South Bay Clean Power effort.
On Wednesday, December 7 at the Clean Tech Incubator in Downtown Los Angeles, L.A. County’s new Chief Sustainability Officer, Gary Gero, held the first public workshop of the County’s newly reconstituted Community Choice Aggregation effort. The County is essentially starting over and beginning with the basics.
A far more inclusive and interactive approach and execution was evident at this meeting – in marked contrast to the previous year-long CCA task force meetings in which there were no tasks, no committees and no action items for participants to engage in. In this first meeting under Gero’s direction, a professional facilitator was employed and breakout sessions allowed for full participation by all attending.