Despite offers from LA County to become the first city to join their County Choice Energy, yet another city has chosen to weigh the County’s business plan against our South Bay Clean Power business plan to evaluate and determine which is best for them.
Here’s how it went in Malibu last night, as SBCP Working Group Chair, Joe Galliani, presented to the Mayor and City Council before asking them to officially receive and file the South Bay Clean Power draft JPA and Business Plan.
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:
Innovative Distributed Energy Resource Model Presented
This was the week that was for Community Choice Aggregation programs state wide and it all began on the first day of the week right here in Los Angeles County, in the City of Manhattan Beach.
Elected representatives and staff members from 12 of the South Bay and West Side Cities who had passed resolutions to participate in a CCA feasibility study met for the first time last Monday afternoon to evaluate their embarrassment of riches when it comes to Community Choice Aggregation program options. 30 people gathered at the Police Community Room with a half dozen more participating remotely on-line and on-the phone.
Mayor, Hany Fangary, of Hermosa beach, the first city to pass the resolution in September of 2014, and Mayor, Tom Clarke, of Culver City, the 13th City to pass the same resolution a year later in September of 2015, were both part of our Update to the Cities along with Mayor Pro Tem, David Lesser, of the meeting’s host city, Manhattan Beach. Torrance City Councilmember, Tim Goodrich; Redondo Beach City Councilmember, Christian Horvath; and Culver City Councilmember, Meghan Sahli-Wells were also active participants.
Two years ago, in August of 2014, then candidate for State Senate, Ben Allen, posed for the photo above with then Manhattan Beach Mayor, Amy Thomas Howorth, and new Chair of the South Bay Clean Power Working Group, Joe Galliani.
Flash forward 2 years and now State Senator Ben Allen has been a strong and consistent supporter of our Community Choice Power efforts.
Yesterday, in his comments on AB 1110, the Senator gave a very important floor speech on the bill in which he insisted that the CEC and CARB must establish greenhouse gas reporting standards that include full lifecycle emissions of electricity sources.
We salute Senator Allen’s wisdom and leadership on this issue and we are deeply gratified to have such an environmental champion playing a leadership role on CCAs in Sacramento. Thank you, Senator Ben Allen!
We want to thank LA County’s General Manager of Sustainability, Howard Choy, for his comments on the record, recognizing our organization’s role in starting the LA County CCA initiative.
Here is Mr. Choy speaking to the Long Beach Sustainable City Commission on March 24, 2016.
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:
Showing impressive growth six years after it launched in 2010, Marin Clean Energy’s CCA today added added seven (7) more cities to its Community Choice Power program. The cities of Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga and Yountville will now join the county of Marin and all 11 of Marin’s municipalities along with unincorporated Napa County, and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo and Richmond — about 174,000 customers.
Combined, the seven municipalities approved by Marin Clean Energy’s board on Thursday have about 94,000 electricity accounts.
According to the Marin newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal, Dawn Weisz, Marin Clean Energy’s executive officer, said the extra revenue generated by the addition of the seven new cities could result in an average 8 percent reduction in Marin Clean Energy’s rates.
“We did not anticipate the interest that we’ve seen from the neighboring communities that have now become members and are continuing to express interest in membership,” Weisz said. “It speaks to the interest the communities have in providing choice in their communities and also providing more access to cleaner energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
We at South Bay Clean Power have watched as city after city, after witnessing the proof of concept and success of the Marin Clean Energy program, decide to join the Community Choice Power program. We know that our own program will launch with a group of cities who will be know as our founding, starter cities – and then just like in Marin, other eligible cities will join them and our Clean Power program will grow and grow and grow.