MALIBU, CA — Malibu City Council approved having all City facilities to run on 100 percent renewable electricity generated from non-polluting, clean and renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power during the June 24 City Council meeting, as part of the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget, the City of Malibu press release said.
“Malibu is proud to be a leader in environmental protection policies, and we continued that tradition when we approved 100% clean energy for City facilities,” Mayor Jefferson Wagner said. “All cities, counties and states should come together to be part of the global effort to combat climate change.”
In Dec. 2018, Malibu joined the Clean Power Alliance (CPA), a public agency made up of 31 local governments across Los Angeles and Ventura counties “working together to bring clean, renewable power choices to their communities,” the press release said. CPA purchases clean power and Southern California Edison (SCE) delivers it — SCE will continue to send just one bill and be responsible for resolving any issues with electricity service, the City said.
Malibu will meet the California Senate Bill 100 mandate of 100 percent zero-carbon, clean renewable energy electricity by 2045, by selecting 100 percent clean energy for City facilities. About one third of CPA members selected the 100% Green Power tier, including Culver City, Manhattan Beach, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Monica, South Pasadena and West Hollywood, among others.
“Unlike fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas, and coal, which cannot be replaced and produce greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy regenerates naturally in a short period of time,” City officials said. “The facilities that produce CPA’s electricity are located in California and on the western grid.”
CPA energy for residential customers in Malibu began in Feb. 2019 and for non-residential customers in May 2019. Malibu customers are automatically enrolled to receive 50 percent of their power supply from renewable sources at the same cost as SCE, which consists of only 34 percent renewable electricity, the press release said. Customers can also choose to get 36 percent of their energy from renewable sources and get a 1 percent discount, or choose 100 percent renewable electricity and pay an additional nine percent. Customers can also opt out completely. Customers can change their rate option online or by calling CPA at 888-585-3788.
Malibu City Facilities Move To 100% Renewable Energy, by Emily Holland, The Patch Malibu, July 2, 2019.