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.
As you may know, South Bay Clean Power is a South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group initiative. We began as part of 350’s 100% renewables campaign and were spawned when the City of Manhattan Beach partnered with SB/LA 350 on MB2025 on March 29, 2014.
So we were understandably deeply gratified to receive this letter from 350.org Executive Director May Boeve, yesterday:
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.
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:
(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.
Council 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.
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.