On Friday, May 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach the Center for Climate Protection held their 3rd annual Business of Local Energy Symposium – known in the CCA world as the Big Kahuna of CCA.
This year’s opening speaker, California State Senator Ben Allen, who represents the South Bay and Westside cities of Los Angeles County, shared his insights on South Bay Clean Power’s unique approach and our leadership role on CCA in the biggest County in the state:
We appreciate Senator Allen sharing our history together and we proudly accept our grassroots, community leadership role on CCA and our responsibility to make our South Bay Clean Power CCA the progressive model for not only the LA County program, but also the Long Beach Clean Power initiative we started in 2016 and the new Orange County Clean Power initiative we are now heading.
California State Senator, Ben Allen (center), the Senator’s Senior District Representative Fernando Morales (left), and Joe Galliani of South Bay Clean Power (right) at the Business of Local Energy Symposium
Here are Senator Allen’s complete remarks as captured by Facebook lifestream video:
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: