FILLMORE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES – GREAT NEWS!! The Fillmore City Council has added Community Choice Energy to the 2/13 agenda (New Business, Section 8A).
What does community choice energy mean for Fillmore businesses and residents?
*A choice for greener and cheaper electricity.
*A choice between having an electricity supply contracted by people accountable to us, or staying with an investor-owned utility.
*A chance to contribute to the economy of scale for clean energy in a way that individuals can’t do alone.
The community choice energy program Fillmore is considering is the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California (formerly known as Los Angeles Community Choice Energy/LACCE — website still reflects the LACCE name).
The Clean Power Alliance of Southern California is comprised of representatives from each participating city in Los Angeles and Ventura counties who work together to negotiate contracts for renewable electricity at competitive rates.
The Clean Power Alliance will be self-funded by revenues received from the sale of electricity. No expenses are paid by taxes, and revenues can’t be used to pay for non-Clean Power Alliance uses.
SCE will still maintain the grid and handle the billing. If a customer doesn’t want power from the Clean Power Alliance, they have the choice to opt-out and stay with SCE for their electricity supply.
The Clean Power Alliance is a not-for-profit entity. Unlike SCE it does not have to build in profits for shareholders and will be a leaner, less highly paid staff. It also allows each customer to choose how much renewable energy they wish to receive. Along with local control of incentives and offerings, Fillmore residents and businesses have the potential to save money.
The Clean Power Alliance should be championed by anyone concerned about climate change and its role in the Thomas Fire, as well as its role in sea-level rise and catastrophic weather events.
The Ventura County Board of Sups has voted for unincorporated Ventura County to be a part of the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, as have the cities of Ojai, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, and most recently Simi Valley. Now, it’s Fillmore’s turn!
Please show up and ask the Fillmore City Council to join the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California/Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance.
When you speak at this meeting, please keep it positive — gratitude to the Council for considering this, CONFIDENCE IN THEIR SUPPORT TO JOIN THE CLEAN POWER ALLIANCE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, and how beneficial it will be to residents and businesses in Fillmore to have the choice for cleaner and cheaper energy. Please stay away from attacking Edison or any partisanship.
POINTS TO CONSIDER IN FAVOR OF JOINING THE CLEAN POWER ALLIANCE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:
*Renewable energy is the future, and we want the choice to move away from fossil fuels.
*All the preparatory work to set up the CCE has already been done. The business plan is finished.
*Each and every customer will have a choice of 33%, 50%, or 100% renewable energy in their electricity mix.
*Each and every customer will be able to opt out at any time and stay with the existing investor-owned utility.
*Marin has this. Sonoma has this. San Francisco has this. San Mateo county has this. Lancaster and Apple Valley have this too.
*Every CCE in the state has been enjoyed cheaper energy or energy that is same cost as an IOU, but with a supply that is much greener than the existing investor-owned utility.
For more information, please go to http://lacce.org/
Here’s the link to the Fillmore City Council Agenda for 2/13:https://docs.google.com/
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