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:

Torrance is the largest power user in our initiative and the City with the largest population and we’re very grateful to their staff and Council for their continued participation and engagement with our Advisory Committee.

Here’s the staff presentation and South Bay Clean Power Working Group Chair, Joe Galliani, presenting our status update:

We were very grateful for the many supporters who wrote letters and emails to the Torrance City Council including our friends at The Carson Coalition and Food & Water Watch.  We’re especially in the debt of those who gave up their evening to testify in person on our behalf.

Joe Sullivan, representing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Labor Management Cooperative Committee (LMCC) explained why he backs the South Bay Clean Power Business Plan approach:

South Bay Los Angeles 350 co-organizer, Sherry Lear and Craig Cadwallader of Surfrider Foundation South Bay each offered support for Torrance to review and respond to the South Bay Clean Power Business Plan:

South Bay Clean Power Working Group member, rocket scientist (JPL Mission to Mars team), and leading community environmentalist, Jim Montgomery, spoke from his own experience to the Torrance City Council about his support for a local, DER-centric CCA program for the City.

You’ll note two gentlemen holding signs in each of these videos. They oppose CCAs and all other environmental initiatives.

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