Clean Power Alliance Discussion

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There is new hope that Santa Barbara will be able to offer residents cleaner power at a lower cost. Councilmembers Jason Dominguez and Kristen Sneddon have Agendized a discussion on the Clean Power Alliance (CPA) with the hope that the City of Santa Barbara will join the alliance. CPA is a new regional electricity provider that offers Cities and Counties the ability to join together to provide cleaner and cheaper power to residents.

If the City decides to join CPA it would break the monopoly Southern California Edison has in the City and offer ratepayers a second choice in who they purchase power from. (A powerpoint on CPA can be found at: http://bit.ly/2FaMeZ0.) To date over two dozen Cities and Counties have joined CPA including: Oxnard, Ventura, Ojai, Camarillo, Calabasas, Simi Valley, Moorpark, and Los Angeles County. If you are interested in urging our City Council to join the CPA send a email to the City Council at: SBCityCouncil@santabarbaraca.gov.

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a-1560928712 Mar 06, 2018 06:48 PM
Clean Power Alliance Discussion

Life is too complicated. I answered the door to a solar salesman because I thought he was selling a plan like this. But months before, didn't Edison have an option to choose alternative providers, at least for part of your usage? I never researched it. I went with a solar PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) instead. Installed but not yet cleared by City of SB and Edison. Zero cost to me, reportedly locked-in energy cost to me. So when Edison raises the rates AGAIN when found part responsible for setting a wildfire, my rate will be locked in. Ahem, that's how it's supposed to work. I did it to have solar, mostly. Getting it with no outlay was the cherry on top.

a-1560928712 Mar 05, 2018 09:00 AM
Clean Power Alliance Discussion

Recent concerns in Ventura that CPA proposed to "no bid" sourcing electricity for its customers from Cal Pine which is a Texas company with mixed history of environmental concern. Minimally CPA has to be open in its business practices. If the point is to save money over SCE then low bid and let the devil take the hindmost. If the point is to save the environment then state in the bid that price will not be determinative but we all may pay something more to help mother nature. (Which would be OK with me.) But please DISCLOSE how you do this things.

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