South Bay Clean Power is a community led initiative to establish a regional CCA in LA County comprised of South Bay and Westside cities.
South Bay Clean Power started as an ad hoc effort, led by Joe Galliani, of South Bay Los Angeles 350, who presented the initiative to 20 cities, 13 of which passed resolutions to participate in a feasibility study.
Those cities are Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Torrance, Carson, Redondo Beach, Lomita, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Culver City, West Hollywood, Malibu, and Beverly Hills.
A Working Group started in the spring of 2014 gradually grew to include city staff members, environmental organization leaders, labor representatives, business stakeholders, community organization leaders, and public power experts. This group developed the goals and objectives and gained support for them.
By November of 2014 the group held its first multi-city outreach event to educate elected representatives, staff and stakeholders:
Partnership with Labor
One of the most unique aspects of the SBCP Working Group was their outreach and recruitment of the IBEW Local 11 and Los Angeles NECA to become an integral part of their effort and help design and create the kind of CCA that not only delivers the maximum greenhouse gas emission reductions but also delivers the local community economic and workforce development – the jobs, the community benefit agreements, the local job training and local hiring, and the apprenticeship programs – that all come with the necessary Distributed Energy Resources build out we’ll need to reach 100% renewables and to electrify transportation.
Los Angeles County Engagement
In the Spring of 2015 SBCP successfully lobbied LA County to fund the CCA feasibility study and worked for a year thereafter as part of the LA County CCA Task Force.
LA County delivered their feasibility study in August of 2016 which they published as a business plan.
SBCP had many criticisms of the plan which did not include the commitments to our joint goals and objectives and especially did not provide a viable pathway for a distributed energy resources buildout, made no commitment to reaching 100% renewable, had no emphasis on economic or workforce development and provided for an unmanageable governing model with an all-up JPA with a potential for 83 board seats.
SBCP BUSINESS PLAN
In the fall of 2015 SBCP hired Samuel Golding of Community Choice Partners to develop and produce our own draft JPA and business plan. The JPA was delivered to cities in November of 2016 and the Business Plan was delivered in February of 2017