LA County Takes First Big Step Toward Community Choice Power – St Paddy’s Day Greening?

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On Tuesday, March 17, St. Patricks Day, the LA County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion made by Supervisors Don Knabe and Sheila Kuehl to start exploring the counties CCA options, including quite naturally the initiative that drove this motion, our South Bay Clean Power effort.  5 cities in Knabe’s 4th District and the City of Santa Monica in Supervisor Kuehl’s 3rd District have already passed the resolution to participate in a CCA feasibility study and 11 more cities are expected to do so in the next 60 days.

Here is what the CCA motion says:

Recommendation as submitted by Supervisors Knabe and Kuehl: Instruct the Department of Internal Services’ Office of Sustainability in cooperation with the Interim Chief Executive Officer, to submit a written report to the Board in 90 days on the following issues, with a recommendation on additional actions required to implement a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program:

Assess the costs, benefits and risks associated with developing a CCA program within the County;

Summarize other jurisdictions’ experiences in implementing CCA programs and impacts on consumer’s electricity costs;

Identify potential CCA governance and financial models for ongoing operations;

Work with cities within the County to gauge their interest in CCA and to assess the potential benefits of consistency and scale in a Countywide CCA program;

Meet with local utilities to assess the potential benefits of partnering to develop a CCA in the region; and

Identify up to $150,000 in funding to conduct a feasibility analysis of initiating a CCA. (15-1196)

Attachments: Motion by Supervisors Knabe and Kuehl

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You can see for miles and miles from the view on the Board of Supervisors 8th floor of the Kenny Hahn L.A. County building – almost all the way to a 100% renewable energy powered future.

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