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:
Last night the City of West Hollywood joined Torrance and Santa Monica in asking City Staff to review and report back on our South Bay Clean Power Business Plan and draft Joint Powers Authority agreement. The City wisely agreed to keep their CCA options open with both the County of Los Angeles effort and our own. We expect all South Bay Clean Power cities to do likewise in the coming 30 days.
Here’s our West Hollywood CCA champion, Councilmember Lindsey Horvath and her comments last night before the unanimous vote to approve:
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.
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.
We are proud to have collaborated with our labor partners at the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11, and their Labor Management Cooperative Committee in producing this video being released today explaining the basics of basics of Community Choice Aggregation and its implications for our South Bay Clean Power cities and the County of Los Angeles: