Los Angeles CCA Leaders Speak at Statewide Conference in Long Beach

It’s time for the Coachella of CCA, the Business of Local Energy Symposium, being held this year in Long Beach and South Bay Clean Power is proud to be a major part of the event on Friday, May 5.

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Thank You Environment California!

Environment California, one of the most respected and effective environmental organizations in the Golden State now joins Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, IBEW 11, Food & Water Watch, MuniFed Energy, Climate Hawks Vote, the Carson Coalition and Angelina Galetiva in endorsing and supporting our South Bay Clean Power Business Plan.

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A Sweet Valentine Night in Santa Monica

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(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.

img_1261Council 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.

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NEW VIDEO: CCA in LA in Less Than Three Minutes

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:

Here’s Our Workforce Development Input for LA County’s Community Choice Energy Program

Our South Bay Clean Power Economic and Workforce Development Advisory Committee had breakfast with LA County’s Energy and Sustainability Manager, Howard Choy, last month to discuss what would be in the County’s Implementation and Business Plan on these issues.  At that meeting we were invited by Howard, whom we’ve been working with since early 2015, to provide the input for the County’s plan.  You can download what we submitted HERE.

This is the cover letter that accompanied our input. We were very proud to have it sent on IBEW 11 letterhead:

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Thank You Supervisors Don Knabe & Sheila Kuehl!

When our friends in Supervisor Don Knabe’s and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office saw that the County was to receive $21,700, 000 from the CPUC for County energy efficiency programs with no mention of the County’s new Community Choice Aggregation program, they quickly added an amendment to correct that…

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Here’s Supervisor Don Knabe reading the amendment he and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl added on the Feb 16, 2016 agenda directing staff to look at the potential for using the $21.7 million in energy efficiency funding for the new LA County CCA

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Talking with IBEW About Jobs, Job Training, and Union Installed Solar

South Bay Clean Power is looking to create a Sustainable Work Force Policy that brings local jobs, job training, workforce development and community benefits to our effort.  And we’re looking to partner with our brothers and sisters in the key unions in order to bring union quality workmanship and standards to the many megawatts of renewable energy our Community Choice Power program will develop and generate.

We see a great future in partnering with unions like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 11.  They cover LA County and they would be strong and valuable partners in the development and implementation of South Bay Clean Power’s Community Choice Power initiative.

So South Bay Clean Power has made a concerted and sincere effort to reach out to IBEW 11, led by our labor committee, headed by Dency Nelson, a career long union member. We’ve also had great help from Ken Smokoska, a pioneer in bringing Community Choice Power programs together with union workers over the years.

We know from this exciting video that IBEW 11 released recently that they are as excited about the local labor opportunities as we are. They’ve been preparing for the work ahead for a while now –

So we were very excited to meet with IBEW last Thursday at their magnificent Electrical Training Institute in the City of Commerce to talk about our progress with South Bay Clean Power and to explore how we might work together.   Continue reading