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.
Last night at the Torrance City Council meeting Council voted 6-1 to approve their City Manager’s recommendations that they:
1) Receive and file the South Bay Clean Power (SBCP) Working Group’s draft Joint Powers Authority Agreement, Business Plan, and presentation; and
2) Receive and file the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Working Group’s final Joint Powers Authority Agreement and presentation; and
3) Direct staff to perform an analysis of the business plans, joint powers authority agreements and potential participation in the Community Choice Aggregation programs and return with recommendations.
Here’s a video clip of 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.
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.
Here it is, released Thursday night.
We are amused that the words “South Bay Clean Power” are nowhere to be found in this document since the LA County Program is the result of our efforts and began at our request to Supervisor Don Knabe’s office in November of 2014.
Perhaps the report’s Kirkland, Washington consultants did not review our website or history as part of their due diligence or best practices in this, their first effort at a California CCA business plan.
Please note that this document is the work of the LA County Internal Services Department and has not been reviewed or approved by Supervisors Knabe and Kuehl, or the Board of Supervisors. Rest assured both of our CCA champions are well informed and up to speed about our role and efforts in this process.
Even though the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy “Business Plan” which will combine a feasibility study with an implementation plan for the County’s CCA still hasn’t been published, those of us who have participated on the LA County CCA Task Force have a good idea of some of the headline items that will be in the plan. Here’s 5 things you can expect to see confirmed:
- Los Angeles Community Choice Energy can offer 50% renewable energy to its customers at a lower rate than Southern California Edison delivers 28% renewable energy.
2. Los Angeles Community Choice Energy will save its ratepayers $20 – $100 million dollars. Continue reading
The beautiful South Pasadena Library and Community Center
Like most members of the LA County CCA Task Force we were disappointed at the July 14 monthly meeting in South Pasadena, that the team responsible for delivering the Feasibility Study and Implementation plan for the Los Angeles County Community Energy program missed their deadline and had no new information for the Task Force to review or discuss. We are told that the reports – which were requested by the LA County Board of Supervisors in September of 2015 – will be delivered “Any day now” but no specific date has been promised.
Last week we published the Los Angeles County Community Energy Fact Sheet produced by the County’s CCA consultants and we were so excited to read about the renewables, distributed energy resources, local focus, jobs and economic development that it took us a while to notice that there was a mistake in the chart depicting Southern California Edison’s current energy portfolio mix. It showed the Large Hydro portion of the portfolio at 27% instead of the 3% SCE’s Power Content Label shows it to be:
Pretty amazing that 40% of the mix is listed as “unspecified sources of power.”