What People Are Saying


angelina galitena  14-04-16  foto ignacio petunchiAngelina M. Galiteva is the Founder and Board Chair of Renewables 100 Policy Institute. In 2011 Ms. Galiteva was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Independent Systems Operator Board (CAISO). Previously, Ms. Galiteva was the Executive Director of Strategic Planning, for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), overseeing the utility’s renewable energy program. Ms. Galiteva is founder and Principal of NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy product and project development firm.

“I support the “JPA of CCAs” regional governance solution offered in the South Bay Clean Power Business Plan. Of particular note is that this proposal is also based on the best practices of the municipal utility industry.


An additional benefit of this Plan is that it allows South Bay Clean Power constituents to have full transparency and oversight into every power plant the CCA will contract with, and how all aspects of its power operations will be conducted. A practice which goes above and beyond of current utility operations.”  READ THE COMPLETE LETTER

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“This Plan is timely for South Bay Clean Power (SBCP), and overdue for the CCA industry as a whole.


The recommended “Regional JPA” approach makes so much sense that it is universal throughout the Municipal Electric Utility community, both here in California and throughout the US. This Plan has demonstrated an expert understanding of the dynamics and design considerations inherent in launching a Regional JPA.


This Plan is actionable and not theory. To put it plainly, it focuses on the step-by-step process to hire the best contractors, tasks them with the right set of services, and appropriately incentivizes all actors to ensure their performance. It adequately captures, explains and synthesizes best practices for SBCP to launch ‘best in class’ on a rapid timeline and at minimal cost.


In my professional opinion, I expect that the Plan will give South Bay Clean Power industry-leading risk management capabilities across the entire CCA enterprise. It provides a much-needed focus on the JPA’s operational model, and articulates proven models and methods that will ensure SBCP’s power portfolio services — including risk management, long-term planning, and renewable & distributed energy integration — are provided with the highest degree of competence.


The Electric Utility responsibilities inherent in launching a CCA are not to be taken lightly. Power supply, renewable development, Distributed Energy Resource implementation and its integration with our transportation sector are mega-responsibilities and opportunities. From what I can tell, the South Bay Clean Power draft Business Plan is on the right track to achieve success. In advising SBCP to set out in the right direction from Day 1, this Plan passes the ‘Wayne Gretsky test’: “Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been!”  READ THE COMPLETE LETTER


Marvin Kropke, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers LOCAL 11

“The South Bay Clean Power (SBCP) Business Plan clearly explains why a Distributed Energy Resources-centric (DER) Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is essential to achieving the local jobs and economic investment… it shows sequential steps which evidence not only the desire for good green jobs but more important, the road map to achieve same. Without this level of commitment to DER as a top priority, neither SBCP, nor any CCA could achieve our stated mutual goals and objectives. Moreover, this commitment is essential to grid stability, community resiliency and security.” READ THE COMPLETE LETTER

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David Haake, MD
Chair, Clean Break
Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club


“The Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club enthusiastically endorses South Bay and Westside Cities’ participation in South Bay Clean Power.


The Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2 million members and supporters and a long history of work on and advocacy for key energy-related issues, including climate change, environmental and economic justice.


‘Community Choice’ should be achieved by exercising effective local government and public oversight throughout the design, launch and operation of the program, and integrate local renewable and distributed energy resources into program planning, procurement and operations from the outset.


South Bay Clean Power will enable cities on the Westside and South Bay to exercise true local, with manageable governing boards, over their energy choices, program design, program elements, electric rates and financial reserves, while simultaneously enjoying the economy of scale that a large-scale joint-approach allows for managerial and operational services as well as power purchases. There is also strong citizen input.


South Bay Clean Power has stood out as a model in terms of public outreach and education, program design, structure and governance.” READ THE COMPLETE LETTER

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“If a ‘Community Choice’ program is going to live up to its intent and name, “Community” must be actively engaged and involved through both local government and public oversight of the program’s design, launch and operation.


We are impressed by the local, grassroots coalition of diverse partners South Bay Clean Power has built over its three years of continuing education and growing expertise in only Community Choice Aggregation.


South Bay Clean Power’s regional approach to governance allows participating cities to exercise legitimate local control with a manageable JPA board, which enables local elected representatives to determine their region’s energy destiny.


As we have watched the development of CCA programs and the exploration of CCA formation by Counties and Cities from San Diego to Humboldt County we have been impressed with the standard set by South Bay Clean Power.


There are many ways to approach and design a Community Choice Aggregation program but having reviewed the options, Climate Hawks Vote strongly supports participation in South Bay Clean Power.”  READ THE COMPLETE LETTER


Al Weinrub
Coordinator, California Alliance for Community Energy





“The California Alliance for Community Energy applauds the SBCP Draft Business Plan as representing an important contribution to the development of Community Choice energy programs in California.


The Alliance is a statewide coalition of organizations, initiatives, and individuals that supports and defends Community Choice energy programs in California that advance local clean energy for the environmental, economic, and social justice benefit of our communities.


The SBCP Plan provides a framework for achieving a set of goals strongly aligned with the mission of the Alliance, namely a strong emphasis on distributed energy resource (DER) development, with a focus on local economic development, jobs and workforce development, and economic and environmental justice.


In particular, the SBCP Plan proposes energy services capability and an organizational structure that would enable SBCP to promote DER development, making SBCP the central engine—the DER aggregator—for developing and integrating a variety of distributed energy resources (energy efficiency, local renewable generation, energy storage, demand response technologies, electric vehicle infrastructure, and so forth). Developing and integrating these resources is key to optimizing electricity services to consumers and meeting SBCP’s community benefit goals.

In addition, the Plan’s proposed services and organizational structure would allow SBCP to act as a scheduling coordinator for DER, integrating DER procurement into SBCP’s short-term and long-term procurement operations and providing stability and reliability to the SBCP program.”  READ THE COMPLETE LETTER 


Clay Sandidge, President, Muni-Fed energy



“The key driver for local job creation and the build out of local infrastructure is the SBCP business plan’s full-fledged and quantifiable commitment to Distributed Energy Resources. Experience proves that the local jobs and economic investment generated by a DER-centric CCA don’t actually happen unless the DER model is incorporated into operations from its launch – starting with the issuance of the initial RFPs. The SBCP business plan does exactly that. We believe that without this serious commitment to a distributed energy- focused future, achieving the goals and objectives shared above would not be possible.


We are in agreement with the SBCP Business plan’s regionally focused approach to governance and believe that the diversity of LA County and our region makes that model essential for a CCA to achieve its potential to deliver the local resources that provide grid stability, the ability to integrate large percentages of renewables, and to provide community resiliency and security.


I strongly support a regional “JPA of CCAs” approach for Long Beach to work with SBCP and other Los Angeles County CCAs as opposed to having all cities join a singular Los Angeles County JPA.”  READ THE COMPLETE LETTER


May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org


“As such, we enthusiastically support the South Bay Clean Power’s Objectives, as detailed in the Business Plan, to achieve 100 percent renewable energy with ten years of launching the CCA program and to do so by increasing efficiency, distributed renewable energy generation, energy storage, demand response and electric vehicle infrastructure.


Thank you for your work to enable the South Bay to lead the way to a 100 percent renewable energy future. We look forward to working with you to ensure the success of this program.” READ THE COMPLETE LETTER

 Andrea Leon Grossman, Food & Water Watch California

“There are many ways to create and run a Community Choice Aggregation program but we favor the South Bay Clean Power approach which makes its priorities local control, local economic investment and jobs, maximizing our local distributed energy resources, and embracing a partnership with labor. We especially support a CCA program that would focus on opportunities and benefits for impacted communities like Torrance and Carson.


Last but not least, Food & Water Watch embraces the regional approach of multiple CCAs in Los Angeles County working together through an umbrella JPA of CCAs to leverage economies of scale while still providing for true regional representation and local authority.”  READ THE COMPLETE LETTER







Michelle Kinman
Clean Energy Advocate 

“On behalf of Environment California, I am pleased to offer support for the South Bay Clean Power Draft Business Plan for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program, dated February 2017. Environment California is a statewide, citizen-funded, environmental advocacy organization, headquartered in Los Angeles, working towards our vision of an economy-wide transition to a 100 percent renewable energy future.


Scientists agree that we must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels before mid-century in order to spare children growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change. And why should we wait? Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today. Environment California Research & Policy Center’s white paper We Have the Power: 100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving America, reviews seven detailed studies on clean energy systems conducted by academics, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, showing that there are no insurmountable technological or economic barriers to tapping into our vast potential to achieve 100 percent renewable energy.


It is no longer a question of whether we will get to 100 percent renewable power, but if it will be fast enough to protect our communities and our environment, and who will lead the way.”  READ THE COMPLETE LETTER