South Bay Clean Power

California Alliance for Community Energy Endorses SBCP Business Plan

The California Alliance for Community Energy, the statewide Community Choice Aggregation coalition has strongly endorsed the South Bay Clean Power draft business plan:

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The mission of the California Alliance for Community Energy (CACE) is to support and defend Community Choice Energy programs in California that advance local clean energy for the environmental and economic benefit of our communities.

The CACE steering committee includes Community Choice Power expert advocates who are leading local CCA efforts from the Bay Area to San Diego.

Members of the California Alliance for Community Energy are advocates and supporters committed to developing local renewable energy resources and clean energy jobs through Community Choice energy programs. The Alliance provides a forum for respectful and productive discourse among a diverse group of stakeholders to: build relationships, share resources, educate each other about issues and challenges, and organize against threats.

 

Palos Verdes Estates Becomes Latest City To Choose To Study Our Business Plan

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.

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MALIBU CITY COUNCIL BECOMES NEXT CITY TO GIVE SBCP PLAN A CHANCE

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.

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:

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Yesterday’s CCA Panel at the Greentech Media California’s Distributed Energy Forum

Greetings from San Francisco where yesterday, South Bay Clean Power’s Acting Chair,  Joe Galliani, spoke on the Community Choice Aggregation panel moderated by GTM’s ace reporter, Julia Pyper, with fellow panelists, Becky Menten, Director of Customer Programs for Marin Clean Energy and Barry Vesser Deputy Director of the Center for Climate Protection.

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City of West Hollywood Votes to Review SBCP Business Plan and Draft JPA

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:

Samuel Golding’s Insight Into the South Bay Clean Power Business Plan

2017-02-16_15-48-44As the primary author of the South Bay Clean Power Business Plan, Samuel Golding, of Community Choice Partners, has been consulting for our SBCP Working Group since the summer of 2016.  Here’s Samuel’s guest post on the models employed for the best practices that drive the strategic direction and planning for South Bay Clean Power’s CCA:

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

South Bay Clean Power is BIG. Two times the size of the largest CCA under implementation in Northern California. And when all of Los Angeles County goes CCA, almost one-third of Southern California Edison’s current load will be served by public power:

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One of the most important takeaways from our research, analysis and planning is that with this scale comes the responsibility to design an appropriate kind of CCA. The launch process and routine that has worked for smaller CCAs will not work for South Bay Clean Power. Our Business Plan details the design and process that will work, based on proven models and best practices.

The main issue is that South Bay Clean Power should not rely on a primary power supplier at the outset, as other CCAs have done.  Instead, the program must diversify its sources and suppliers of power — from Day 1. The CCA also need to work with Southern California Edison to make sure that the transition goes smoothly. Both parties share the responsibility to make that happen — proactively and collaboratively – because South Bay Clean Power is so large.

The ability to do all that practically means contracting for a full suite of energy risk management services – and doing so based on the proven model of capabilities that established public power entities employ. Growing these risk management capabilities incrementally over a period of years, like smaller CCAs have done, is not a viable option for South Bay Clean Power — the CCA needs to launch with those capabilities in place. Read More

This is Our South Bay Clean Power Business Plan

It is our very great pleasure to publicly share the South Bay Clean Power draft Business Plan, which we have delivered to:

  • Each of the 14 South Bay and Westside cities that requested to be part of the Los Angeles County CCA feasibility study.
  • All five LA County Supervisors as well as the LA County CCA team we’ve been working with since we brought Community Choice Aggregation to the County in 2015.
  • Long Beach Mayor Garcia and each of the 9 LB Council members, all of whom we have been meeting with over the last year to encourage and support their City’s CCA efforts.
  • Our International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 and Los Angeles chapter National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) supporters.
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 We openly publish our plan today here on our web site to make it immediately accessible and available. We believe in full transparency and in providing an open-source detailed document to any Distributed Energy Resources-focused CCA effort that shares our goals and objectives and who wishes to take advantage of the research and analysis our group has engaged in.

Combined with our draft South Bay Clean Power Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) and template Request for Proposals (RFP) for Services (forthcoming), our goal is to provide a readily accessible package for local governments and citizen advisory committees to launch large, scalable and advanced CCAs with a minimum of effort or upfront expense.

An Unrelenting Focus On Achieving Our Goals

This Business Plan was designed first and foremost to serve as the step-by-step guide and tutorial to launch a CCA with the capabilities necessary to achieve the goals and objectives created by the South Bay Clean Power Working Group that began exploring Community Choice in mid 2014:

  1. Accelerate renewable portfolio content to 100% (goal of 10 years);
  2. No use of Green-E or Category 3 unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs);
  3. Maximize the use of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), which we define as behind-the-meter renewable power generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response and electric vehicles;
  4. Prioritize local investment, local power generation, local jobs and career opportunities;
  5. Support labor in advancing project labor agreements, community benefit agreements, sustainable workforce agreements, job training and apprenticeship programs;
  6. Focus on environmental justice in frontline communities (where needs are greatest).

Over the course of designing a CCA to achieve these goals, we were determined to answer the critical determining questions, including:

A Sweet Valentine Night in Santa Monica

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(left to right) Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer of Los Angeles County; Joe Galliani, Chair of South Bay Clean Power Working Group; Dean Kubani, Director of City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and Environment; and Garrett Wong, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Climate & energy at City of Santa Monica, Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

Tonight, just before midnight, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to continue exploring their CCA options with South Bay Clean Power (as well as LA County).

Dean Kubani was asked his opinion about the different CCA options available to the City.  Dean  is the Director of City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. He oversees all of the City’s efforts related to water and energy efficiency, urban runoff, green building, hazardous materials and sustainability. Since 1994 Dean has directed the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Program.

img_1261Council also unanimously adopted a resolution that establishes a platform of goals and objectives for negotiation and appoints one Council representative, one staff liaison and one staff alternate to formally participate in Community Choice Aggregation Joint Powers Authority negotiations.

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City of Torrance First To Join New Advisory Committee

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:

South Bay Clean Power Makes Its Case To Cities

Innovative Distributed Energy Resource Model Presented

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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.

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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.

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