On December 17, 2017, City of Beverly Hills joined the Clean Power Alliance (CPA) formerly known as Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE) - (www.cleanpoweralliance.org)
The CPA is a Los Angeles and Ventura County community choice aggregation (CCA) program which allows local municipalities to pool their electrical needs and purchase electricity on behalf of residents, businesses and municipal agencies. The existing utility in this case, Southern California Edison (SEC) will continue to manage the transmission and distribution of the power purchased by the CPA through the existing power grid and power lines. SCE will also continue to provide customer billing and customer service.
One of the goals of the CPA is to purchase cleaner and more renewable electricity for the same or lesser price than SCE. The CPA also intends to develop renewable energy programs that would decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to reduce the effects of climate change. This may include providing incentives and rebates for rooftop solar and battery storage systems, energy efficiency projects, and reduced charging rates for electrical vehicles.
The CPA will start providing renewable energy to its members starting with the County-owned facilities in 2018 as part of Phase 1 and will proceed to Phase 2 (Commercial, Industrial, and Municipal customers) and Phase 3 (Residential, agricultural, and street lighting customers) afterwards.
The CPA will also be distributing outreach materials to help understand the service and benefits available to CPA customers.
One of the benefits of being a CPA customer is that you will be able to choose a renewable energy product or stay an SCE customer. A CPA customer can choose from the following energy product:
- 36% Renewable
- 50% Renewable
- 100% Renewable
A customer will be able to make their choice for a renewable energy product or stay with SCE by responding to the notices sent by the CPA. A customer will be receiving two notices; a 60-day and 30-day notice prior to the start of Phase 2 and Phase 3 implementation and 30-days after the implementation date. If the customer does not respond to the notices, they will be automatically enrolled as a CPA customer and will receive an energy product selected by their city as a default tier. If the customer elects to stay with SCE, they can do so by replying within the 60-day noticing. If the customer elects to switch back to SCE after 60 days of implementation, a small transaction fee maybe charged to providers.
To make the selection easier for all Beverly Hills customers, the City Council selected the 50% Renewable Energy Product as the community's default tier. This means that all customers will be enrolled under this product unless the customer chooses the 36% or 100% product. It is important that each customer is aware of the notices and respond accordingly.
For more information visit the Clean Power Alliance website (www.cleanpoweralliance.org).
- When does CPA begin serving customers?
- How will joining the CPA affect my electrical rates?
- What options do I have for electricity?
- Where will I get my electric bills?
- How do I choose not to participate in the CPA program?
- How much will it cost to opt-out?
- How will I be notified that I may opt-out?
- Will all customers in Beverly Hills get the same CPA default tier?
- Is there any coal or nuclear power in the electricity that the CPA purchases?
- Can CPA member cities change their default option in the future?
- Are CPA customers still eligible to participate in SCE programs, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy incentive programs?
- If a customer has solar panels and participates in a net energy metering rate, will they still get that rate when enrolled in the CPA program?
- Are CPA customers still eligible for CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline discounts?
- How will the CPA procure power to meet the default renewable energy tier selected?
- How can Beverly Hills be sure that the CPA is actually procuring 36%, 50% or 100% renewable energy on behalf of its customers?
- What types of default product options do the other CCAs offer?
- Do Nothing - which will automatically enroll you as a CPA customer and receive 50% Renewable Energy
- Reply to "Opt-Out" - which you will remain as an SCE customer
- Reply to "Opt-Down" - which will enroll you as a CPA customer and receive 36% Renewable Energy
- Reply to "Opt-Up" - which will enroll you as a CPA customer and receive 100% Renewable Energy