Palos Verdes Estates Becomes Latest City To Choose To Study Our Business Plan

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.

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South Bay Clean Power Makes Its Case To Cities

Innovative Distributed Energy Resource Model Presented

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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.

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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.

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Spectacular Week for South Bay Clean Power! LA County Board of Supervisors Approves CCA Motion, Malibu Becomes City 11, Culver City & Rolling Hills Estates Next!

The South Bay Clean Power momentum machine just keeps humming along with each new day bringing more good news.  First, the biggest news –

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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the bipartisan motion offered by Republican Board of Supervisor for the 4th District, Don Knabe, and 3rd District Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl.  The motion approves funding of $300,000 for an LA County  Choice Aggregation (CCA) Feasibility Study and creates an LA County Community Choice Aggregation Task Force.  Each of the 11 cities that have passed the Resolution to Participate in a CCA Feasibility Study have a seat on that Task Force as does South Bay Clean Power, UCLA, USC and others.

The California legislature adopted Community Choice Aggregation legislation in 2002 that allows cities and counties in California to form nonprofit entities to purchase electricity from wholesale power generators on behalf of their communities. A CCA replaces the existing, investor-owned monopoly utilities (e.g., Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electricity) in obtaining electricity and designing retail electricity rates for end-use customers. A CCA relies on the existing electric distribution infrastructure managed by the existing investor-owned monopoly utility to transport electricity to customers via its wires and lines that comprise the grid as we know it. Under the terms of the law, the CCA becomes the de facto electricity provider for the community’s residents: all customers are transitioned into the CCA and must opt out to remain with the investor-owned utility.

IMG_2385Yes, we said 11 cities will have seats on the County CCA Task Force, because as of Wednesday September 16, the City of Malibu became the 11th city to vote unanimously to pass the resolution to participate in the study.  We had previously met independently with City Staff and had two separate meetings of the Environmental Sustainability Subcommittee where we first met Councilmember Skylar Peak, and Mayor John Sibert.  Big thanks to Craig George, who heads Malibu’s Environmental Sustainability Department. Continue reading