Our July meeting featured Community Choice Energy, a new way to get cleaner electricity to local homes and businesses at competitive prices and have greater local control of how electricity is produced. Three central coast counties (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo) joined together to explore Community Choice Energy commissioning a feasibility study.
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors received the results of the feasibility study for community choice energy which reported that forming a joint government-run energy program with Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties would not work under 24 different scenarios. You can read the study at http://www.centralcoastpower.org/
Critics say the financial assumptions in that study were too conservative and have called for additional investigation.
Los Angeles County Community Choice Energy (LACCE) has invited Ventura County and its ten cities to join the launch of their CCE on January 1, 2018. They have a year-end deadline so LACCE can start buying energy for our cities instead of SoCal Edison. LACCE will launch their county accounts in January. The residents of every participating city will switch from SCE to LACCE during the third quarter of 2018.
Voting 4-0, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors asked County Executive Officer Mike Powers to return with a report on the potential for such an alliance and whether the Jan. 1 deadline could be moved to a later date.
FAQ about LACCE: https://www.lacounty.gov/files/sustainability/FAQ.pdf