The City of Calabasas has taken the first step to join the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Program, approving a joint powers agreement to create a new agency to operate this groundbreaking local energy consortium. The program will offer lower electrical rates and provide greater energy choices for residents and businesses. It also will promote electrical rate price stability, address climate change by reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and encourage development of local green energy projects.
“Saving money on utility bills and using cleaner energies like solar or wind, is a win-win outcome for our residents,” said Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer, following the City Council’s vote last night. “As the first city in L.A. County to approve this innovative program, Calabasas is proud to lead the way in helping California achieve the goal of getting 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.” Calabasas’ action will become final after a second reading of the ordinance, scheduled for August 23, 2017. In the meantime, the City will conduct a public forum and media outreach to more fully inform residents of the program and receive feedback.
“Los Angeles Community Choice Energy offers residents the opportunity to lower utility bills, grow the green economy, and, more importantly, help deal with climate change,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who co-authored the County motion that created the program. “The City of Calabasas and its mayor deserve a lot of credit for having the vision to take the first important step toward creating a cleaner and more sustainable future. I look forward to a final vote in August, as well as seeing other cities within the County following Calabasas’ lead.”
Calabasas is the first city to join, but many others are expected in the months ahead. “Our close collaboration with cities over the past two years has really gotten folks excited to join the program,” said Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer for L.A. County, “so we’re expecting cities from across the region to come together to create the largest, most diverse community choice energy program in the nation.”
L.A. County is providing $10 million in initial start-up funding to launch this effort and cities that join the new program this year will not have to commit any funds of their own. All cities joining the program will have a seat on the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Board of Directors and will have the opportunity to make important, foundational decisions including the establishment of program policies and the hiring of an Executive Director to oversee program operations.
Through the program, residents can choose to buy electricity through Los Angeles Community Choice Energy or “opt out” and stay with Southern California Edison. In either case, Southern California Edison will continue to provide transmission and billing services.
For more information, please contact:
County of Los Angeles
Office: (213) 974-1311
City of Calabasas First City in L.A. County to Approve Community Choice Energy Program, County of Los Angeles, May 25, 2017.