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What is the Clean Power Alliance?

Clean Power Alliance, formerly known as the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Program (LACCE), is the name for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that will provide customers a greener, renewable electricity option. California law allows local governments that become members of a CCA to select the source and the price of the electricity consumed by their residents and businesses. Please visit the Clean Power Alliance’s website for more information.

In September 2017, the City of West Hollywood joined the Clean Power Alliance, which includes more than 30 member jurisdictions in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Through the Alliance, all power customers in West Hollywood have the opportunity to obtain cleaner power from renewable energy sources at a competitive price.

What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)?

Community Choice Aggregation (also known as Community Choice Energy) is a way for government agencies to buy and/or generate cleaner electricity for residents and businesses. CCA creates a partnership between the municipality and the existing utility provider, giving local governments the option to purchase up to 100% renewable electricity – such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and hydroelectric – at competitive rates and helping communities achieve their climate action goals. The participating municipality can buy power from cleaner sources than offered by the existing utility (e.g. Southern California Edison or SCE), while still working with SCE to deliver energy to customers.

What options do residents and business have under the Clean Power Alliance?

By virtue of City membership in the Alliance, the City of West Hollywood’s residents and businesses are automatically enrolled into the default renewable energy tier selected by the City. However, residents and businesses have the choice to opt-up, opt-down, or opt-out and stay with Southern California Edison, depending on their preference.

The Clean Power Alliance offers three renewable energy tier options (see Table below). All tiers will be offered at a discounted rate from comparable plans under Southern California Edison.  Tiers 1 and 2 will be offered at a discounted rate from SCE’s standard plans, while the Tier 3 will cost customers seven (7) percent more on their monthly bill. Please note that these rate discounts or increases are estimates and are subject to change prior to the initial auto-enrollment period.

Renewable Energy Tier Options 

Tier

Clean Power Alliance Plan

Monthly Cost Savings or Increases from existing SCE Standard Plans**

Monthly Costs Savings from existing SCE Comparable Plans**

1

36% Renewable, 50% GHG-free*

1% to 2%

N/A

2

50% Renewable, 50% GHG-free

0 to 1%

N/A

3

100% Renewable, 100% GHG-free

-7% to -9%***

5%

 *GHG = greenhouse gas
**Rate discounts and increases are estimates and subject to change prior to initial auto-enrollment period.
***The negative seven percent represents a cost increase to customers currently under an existing SCE standard plan.

What are the impacts to the City’s residents and businesses?

In February 2018, the West Hollywood City Council selected the 100% renewable energy tier to serve the City of West Hollywood. Business and residential customers will automatically be enrolled at the 100% tier unless individual customers opt-down to either Tier 1 or 2, or opt-out of the program and remain with Southern California Edison.

Before automatic enrollment into the program begins, prospective Clean Power Alliance customers will receive two written notices in the mail from the CPA Authority that will explain the program’s goals, terms, and conditions and how customers can opt-up, opt-down, or opt-out of the program. These notices will be sent respectively at approximately 60 days and 30 days prior to automatic enrollment. After transfer of service, two additional notices will be sent to CPA customers (at 30 and 60 days after enrollment), notifying them again of the shift from Southern California Edison to CPA, the program details, and the ability to opt-out. Following 60 days after enrollment, a small service charge will be applied to any customer wishing to opt-out. Please see Clean Power Alliance's Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

When will the Clean Power Alliance phase in customer accounts in West Hollywood?

The Clean Power Alliance will begin serving customers through a multi-phase enrollment period. All LA County facilities began enrollment in February 2018. The cities of Rolling Hills Estates and South Pasadena as well as the unincorporated portions of LA County will phase in all nonresidential customers in June 2018. The City of West Hollywood and several other jurisdictions will begin auto-enrollment for their customers in early 2019. The City will notify account holders prior to the auto-enrollment period commencing.

Does Clean Power Alliance offer special energy rebate programs and/or bill assistance?

Yes, almost all Southern California Edison programs will still available to Clean Power Alliance customers. Furthermore, the Clean Power Alliance will offer separate programs for its customers in addition to the existing programs offered by Southern California Edison. Please see Clean Power Alliance's Frequently Asked Questions for more information on billing and special programs.

City Actions on CCA

  • October 1, 2018 - The City Council received a general update on the status of the default renewable energy tier rates. 
  • February 20, 2018The City Council selected the 100% default renewable energy tier to serve the City of West Hollywood. Business and residents will automatically be enrolled at the 100% tier, but also have the choice to opt-down to a lower default tier with the Alliance or to opt-out of the program and remain with Southern California Edison.
  • September 18, 2017 – The City Council approved an enabling ordinance and the Joint Powers Agreement to join the Clean Power Alliance and appointed a regular director and two alternates to serve on the Clean Power Alliance Board on behalf of the City.
  • August 7, 2017 – The City Council received presentations from representatives of the Clean Power Alliance and South Bay Clean Power on their respective CCA programs and directed staff to return in September with an item to move forward with the enabling ordinance and final JPA for the Clean Power Alliance.
  • February 21, 2017 – The City Council received a general update on the status of two local CCA options: Clean Power Alliance and South Bay Clean Power.
  • August 3, 2015 – The City Council adopted a resolution to participate in a financial and technical feasibility study to assess the costs, benefits, and risks associated with developing a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, also known as Community Choice Energy (CCE).

 

For general information on the Clean Power Alliance, please visit their website at: http://cleanpoweralliance.org  

For additional information, please email cleanpower@weho.org or call West Hollywood City Hall at (323) 848-6400.