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CAISO last week experienced its first “Stage 1” grid emergency in nearly a decade, days after Southern California Gas warned that continued restrictions on its Aliso Canyon storage facility could deprive the region’s natural gas-fired generators of enough fuel to avoid blackouts this summer and winter. The ISO on May 3 issued an emergency notice […]
Community choice aggregation allows cities and counties in California to group individual customers’ purchasing power for energy. After decades of dominance by electricity monopolies, California is experiencing the emergence of community choice aggregators, a new type of utility that provides cities and counties the opportunity to choose what kinds of energy to purchase for their […]
J.R. DeShazo After decades of dominance by electricity monopolies, California is experiencing the emergence of community choice aggregators, a new type of utility that provides cities and counties the opportunity to choose what kinds of energy to purchase for their needs. Community choice aggregation allows cities and counties in California (and other states that have […]
The customer movement away from California utilities to alternative electricity providers just took a giant leap ahead. The state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are concerned as the County of Los Angeles prepares to take over electricity procurement for customers of Southern California Edison (SCE) in unincorporated county areas and 82 municipalities. When completed, Los Angeles Community Choice Energy […]
On Friday, May 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach the Center for Climate Protection held their 3rd annual Business of Local Energy Symposium – known in the CCA world as the Big Kahuna of CCA. This year’s opening speaker, California State Senator Ben Allen, who represents the South Bay and Westside cities of […]
Carbon neutrality dominated the conversation last Thursday when PLAN Hermosa, an update of the city’s General Plan and Local Coastal Program, went before the Hermosa Beach City Council for the first time in a study session. When Mayor Justin Massey told the standing room only crowd at council chambers that public comment about PLAN Hermosa […]
Researchers at UCLA have spent the past year trying to answer this question: how well is L.A. County doing at saving energy, cleaning up the air and addressing climate change? The answer is: not nearly as well as it thinks. “Despite tremendous leadership in California and in the region on a wide variety of air […]
Southern California Edison customers looking to cure their power-bill pain might find some relief in Los Angeles County’s new government-run energy program — but the track records of similar public energy efforts show that the initial cost advantage doesn’t last. From California to Massachusetts, the kinds of community energy programs that L.A. County approved this […]
As Los Angeles County moves to set up its own utility, customers will have a chance to break with longtime power provider Southern California Edison beginning in mid-2018. The Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote Tuesday to create the public energy program requires customers to decide whether to stay with Edison or sign up with the […]
The City of Redondo Beach is cautiously continuing its look toward providing renewable energy for itself and its residents, directing staff to analyze the effects of participating in a joint agreement with other cities throughout the South Bay or L.A. County. The action is essentially a do-over of direction made on March 21, when a […]