As the primary author of the South Bay Clean Power Business Plan, Samuel Golding, of Community Choice Partners, has been consulting for our SBCP Working Group since the summer of 2016. Here’s Samuel’s guest post on the models employed for the best practices that drive the strategic direction and planning for South Bay Clean Power’s CCA:
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
South Bay Clean Power is BIG. Two times the size of the largest CCA under implementation in Northern California. And when all of Los Angeles County goes CCA, almost one-third of Southern California Edison’s current load will be served by public power:
One of the most important takeaways from our research, analysis and planning is that with this scale comes the responsibility to design an appropriate kind of CCA. The launch process and routine that has worked for smaller CCAs will not work for South Bay Clean Power. Our Business Plan details the design and process that will work, based on proven models and best practices.
The main issue is that South Bay Clean Power should not rely on a primary power supplier at the outset, as other CCAs have done. Instead, the program must diversify its sources and suppliers of power — from Day 1. The CCA also need to work with Southern California Edison to make sure that the transition goes smoothly. Both parties share the responsibility to make that happen — proactively and collaboratively – because South Bay Clean Power is so large.
The ability to do all that practically means contracting for a full suite of energy risk management services – and doing so based on the proven model of capabilities that established public power entities employ. Growing these risk management capabilities incrementally over a period of years, like smaller CCAs have done, is not a viable option for South Bay Clean Power — the CCA needs to launch with those capabilities in place. Continue reading
It is our very great pleasure to publicly share the South Bay Clean Power draft Business Plan, which we have delivered to:
- Each of the 14 South Bay and Westside cities that requested to be part of the Los Angeles County CCA feasibility study.
- All five LA County Supervisors as well as the LA County CCA team we’ve been working with since we brought Community Choice Aggregation to the County in 2015.
- Long Beach Mayor Garcia and each of the 9 LB Council members, all of whom we have been meeting with over the last year to encourage and support their City’s CCA efforts.
- Our International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 and Los Angeles chapter National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) supporters.
We openly publish our plan today here on our web site to make it immediately accessible and available. We believe in full transparency and in providing an open-source detailed document to any Distributed Energy Resources-focused CCA effort that shares our goals and objectives and who wishes to take advantage of the research and analysis our group has engaged in.
Combined with our draft South Bay Clean Power Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) and template Request for Proposals (RFP) for Services (forthcoming), our goal is to provide a readily accessible package for local governments and citizen advisory committees to launch large, scalable and advanced CCAs with a minimum of effort or upfront expense.
An Unrelenting Focus On Achieving Our Goals
This Business Plan was designed first and foremost to serve as the step-by-step guide and tutorial to launch a CCA with the capabilities necessary to achieve the goals and objectives created by the South Bay Clean Power Working Group that began exploring Community Choice in mid 2014:
- Accelerate renewable portfolio content to 100% (goal of 10 years);
- No use of Green-E or Category 3 unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs);
- Maximize the use of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), which we define as behind-the-meter renewable power generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response and electric vehicles;
- Prioritize local investment, local power generation, local jobs and career opportunities;
- Support labor in advancing project labor agreements, community benefit agreements, sustainable workforce agreements, job training and apprenticeship programs;
- Focus on environmental justice in frontline communities (where needs are greatest).
Over the course of designing a CCA to achieve these goals, we were determined to answer the critical determining questions, including:
(left to right) Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer of Los Angeles County; Joe Galliani, Chair of South Bay Clean Power Working Group; Dean Kubani, Director of City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and Environment; and Garrett Wong, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Climate & energy at City of Santa Monica, Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
Tonight, just before midnight, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to continue exploring their CCA options with South Bay Clean Power (as well as LA County).
Dean Kubani was asked his opinion about the different CCA options available to the City. Dean is the Director of City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. He oversees all of the City’s efforts related to water and energy efficiency, urban runoff, green building, hazardous materials and sustainability. Since 1994 Dean has directed the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Program.
Council also unanimously adopted a resolution that establishes a platform of goals and objectives for negotiation and appoints one Council representative, one staff liaison and one staff alternate to formally participate in Community Choice Aggregation Joint Powers Authority negotiations.
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.
Just after midnight last night the Torrance City Council reviewed and voted on a motion to officially join the South Bay Clean Power (SBCP) Advisory Committee.
The Ad Hoc SBCP Working Group is now evolving into an Advisory Committee with elected representatives and staff from each city who together with other key stakeholders will review and consider a JPA agreement, a South Bay Clean Power business plan and other options available to the cities exploring their Community Choice Power options.
The vote was unanimous to participate. Here’s video of the staff report, Council and public discussion and the vote: