Last Monday evening, my wife and I attended Sustainable Claremont’s monthly dialog to learn about the Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which Los Angeles County is establishing to provide electricity at a discount below Southern California Edison’s rates and to enable us individually to choose the percentage of our electricity which will come from non-carbon sources.
Unfortunately, very few residents attended, which was a shame because this is an important opportunity. If we electricity users want to have the choices and savings we can get through this JPA, our City Council has to opt-in. Doing so quickly will give Claremont a seat on the JPA’s board, while the number of cities represented there will still be small, and while the board will be determining how the JPA operates.
Claremont will have more influence on the future of the JPA if it joins now than it would have if it waits to join later, after the founding decisions have already been made and after the board has grown in size as more cities that opt-in are on the board.
We were told that our City Council will take up the matter soon. This will be an important decision. I hope that many of us will show up to support getting discounted electricity rates, greener energy sources and an influential early voice on the JPA’s board.
Anyone who wants to learn more before the presentation at the City Council meeting can look at www.lacounty.gov/about-lacce. LACCE stands for Los Angeles Community Choice Energy.
— Bob Gerecke, Claremont
Claremont City Council must join Joint Powers Authority: Letters, by Bob Gerecke, Redlands Daily Facts, July 24, 2017.