Torrance City Council Votes to Review South Bay Clean Power Business Plan

Last night at the Torrance City Council meeting Council voted 6-1 to approve their City Manager’s recommendations that they:

1) Receive and file the South Bay Clean Power (SBCP) Working Group’s draft Joint Powers Authority Agreement, Business Plan, and presentation; and
2) Receive and file the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Working Group’s final Joint Powers Authority Agreement and presentation; and
3) Direct staff to perform an analysis of the business plans, joint powers authority agreements and potential participation in the Community Choice Aggregation programs and return with recommendations.

Here’s a video clip of the vote:

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Stunning New USC Report Recommends Community Choice Power for Torrance

USC Capstone Torrance CoverOn Tuesday night, December 9th, 2014 the USC Price School of Policy delivered a “pre-feasibility” study on the prospects for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program for the City of Torrance, California.  The report details the same benefits of significantly more renewable power used, lower rates for customers, local control and rule making, local job creation, local investment stimulation and local clean power generation potential.  Click HERE to read the report.

The report’s blockbuster news is the 84 brownfield sites it identifies which have a potential for 544 MW of solar energy production within the City limits of Torrance.

Here’s part of the report’s key recommendations:

After careful consideration of the options and the history of successful attempts at similar policy, it is recommended that the City of Torrance pursue efforts to form a Resolution to support a Technical Feasibility Study for the formation of a CCA. Based on the current push in the South Bay region, it is recommended that Torrance join and even take a leading role in the regional effort. The purchasing power of this scale would provide for success in acquiring energy at competitive rates.

South Bay Clean Power thanks Torrance City Council member, Tim Goodrich, for reaching out to the USC Price School of Policy Capstone program to conduct this report.  And we welcome Torrance as another South Bay City now ready to pass a resolution to participate in a feasibility study for a Community Choice Power program.