Greetings from San Francisco where yesterday, South Bay Clean Power’s Acting Chair, Joe Galliani, spoke on the Community Choice Aggregation panel moderated by GTM’s ace reporter, Julia Pyper, with fellow panelists, Becky Menten, Director of Customer Programs for Marin Clean Energy and Barry Vesser Deputy Director of the Center for Climate Protection.
Showing impressive growth six years after it launched in 2010, Marin Clean Energy’s CCA today added added seven (7) more cities to its Community Choice Power program. The cities of Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga and Yountville will now join the county of Marin and all 11 of Marin’s municipalities along with unincorporated Napa County, and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo and Richmond — about 174,000 customers.
Combined, the seven municipalities approved by Marin Clean Energy’s board on Thursday have about 94,000 electricity accounts.
According to the Marin newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal, Dawn Weisz, Marin Clean Energy’s executive officer, said the extra revenue generated by the addition of the seven new cities could result in an average 8 percent reduction in Marin Clean Energy’s rates.
“We did not anticipate the interest that we’ve seen from the neighboring communities that have now become members and are continuing to express interest in membership,” Weisz said. “It speaks to the interest the communities have in providing choice in their communities and also providing more access to cleaner energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
We at South Bay Clean Power have watched as city after city, after witnessing the proof of concept and success of the Marin Clean Energy program, decide to join the Community Choice Power program. We know that our own program will launch with a group of cities who will be know as our founding, starter cities – and then just like in Marin, other eligible cities will join them and our Clean Power program will grow and grow and grow.
On May 31, Climate Action Santa Monica hosted a forum featuring Joe Galliani of South Bay Clean Power and Shawn Marshall (via webinar) of LEAN Energy US. Shawn explains what a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program is, how they function, and how well they’re working for Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power, and Lancaster Choice Energy. Joe shares the history of South Bay Clean Power’s initiative and its then status and progress. If you weren’t among the almost 200 people in attendance that fine day, here are their complete presentations.
Tonight the Carson City Council voted 4-0 to unanimously pass our Resolution to Participate in a CCA Feasibility Study.
Carson becomes the 6th City in our 7 City strategy to unanimously pass the resolution.
The City of Inglewood is lucky City #7 and will be the object of our focus until we are in front of their Council.