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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MALIBU CITY COUNCIL BECOMES NEXT CITY TO GIVE SBCP PLAN A CHANCE

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.

Torrance City Council Votes to Review South Bay Clean Power 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:

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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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Thank you, Howard Choy

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.

The Los Angeles County CCA Feasibility Study & Business Plan

Here it is, released Thursday night.

 

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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.

Top 5 Things LA County Community Choice Energy Business Plan Will Say

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:

  1. 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.

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2.  Los Angeles Community Choice Energy will save its ratepayers $20 – $100 million dollars. Continue reading