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.
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:
Just after midnight last night the Torrance City Council reviewed and voted on a motion to officially join the South Bay Clean Power (SBCP) Advisory Committee.
The Ad Hoc SBCP Working Group is now evolving into an Advisory Committee with elected representatives and staff from each city who together with other key stakeholders will review and consider a JPA agreement, a South Bay Clean Power business plan and other options available to the cities exploring their Community Choice Power options.
The vote was unanimous to participate. Here’s video of the staff report, Council and public discussion and 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.
Thanks to the efforts of Lomita City Manager, Michael Rock, the City of Lomita has now become the ninth city to unanimously pass the resolution to participate in a Community Choice Power feasibility study. Rock, the former City Manager of Fairfax, California in Marin County, was there when Marin launched its successful Marin Clean Energy program in 2010. His experience and expertise with Community Choice makes him a valuable subject matter expert on the subject.
We met with each member of the Lomita City Council – Mayor Henry Sanchez, Jr., Council member James Gazeley, Council member Mark Waronek, Council member Michael Savidan and Council member Ben Traina, as well as Assistant City Manager, Gary Sugano and Public Works Tom Shahbazi to brief them on our South Bay Clean Power efforts and answer their questions.
The other eight cities which have passed the feasibility study resolutions are Torrance, Carson, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills and Palos Verdes Estates.
Tuesday night the Torrance City Council voted 7-0 in favor of Participating in a Community Choice Aggregation Feasibility Study.
Torrance joins Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica and Redondo Beach in passing the resolution. Each City has done so unanimously.
Torrance is the largest city of the 15 cities that make up the South Bay Cities Council of Governments and the biggest electricity user.
Next Tuesday night, February 3, the Carson City Council is expected to have the same resolution on its meeting agenda and is expected to become the 4th city in 4 weeks to do so.