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October 2022

Community Choice Aggregators Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Legislation Allowing for CCAs in CA 

In September, Clean Power Alliance and Community Choice Aggregators (CCA) across California celebrated the 20th anniversary of Assembly Bill 117, the legislation that enabled cities and counties across the state to create community choice energy programs. 

CCAs, also known as municipal aggregation programs, allow local governments to purchase renewable energy on behalf of residents and businesses and transmit that energy across existing transmission lines.  

Since the bill’s signing, the CCA community has grown to include 24 operational programs statewide, including CPA, providing renewable energy from wind, solar and geothermal sources to more than 11 million local customers and over 200 cities and counties across California.  

To learn more about the 20th anniversary click here

More than $200K Awarded to 10 Non-Profits to Advance Green Initiatives in CPA Communities  


Clean Power Alliance and Calpine Energy Solutions are excited to announce the winners of the 2022 Community Benefits Grant. This program, now in its second year, provides grant funding to local non-profit organizations working to advance clean energy, green jobs, environmental education and stewardship, and energy equity and diversity in the communities that CPA serves. 

Learn about the grant recipients here

Solar Projects to Benefit Power Share Customers with Clean Energy in Disadvantaged Communities  


The Clean Power Alliance Board of Directors recently approved five 15-year renewable energy power purchase agreements with Prologis to launch rooftop solar projects in Los Angeles County to provide local resources to serve disadvantaged communities. The five projects have been procured for CPA’s Power Share Program, part of the Disadvantaged Communities Green Tariff program administered by the California Public Utilities Commission – designed to foster development of clean energy resources in disadvantaged communities. 
 

Learn more here

Carbon-Free Geothermal Energy Enhances Grid Reliability with Non-Weather Dependent Power


Clean Power Alliance and Fervo Energy have entered into a 33 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) that will provide 24/7 carbon-free geothermal power to CPA. The 15-year contract will provide non-weather dependent, clean renewable energy to CPA’s 32 member communities across both Los Angeles and Ventura counties, encompassing more than three million residential and commercial customers. The contract will provide enough reliable energy to power more than 13,500 Southern California homes while avoiding over 21,000 metric tons of harmful greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Read the full press release here

CPA's Community Advisory Committee Welcomes New Leadership 

 

CPA is excited to announce the new officers who were selected to represent the Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is a dedicated group of local leaders in their communities who advise the CPA Board of Directors on policies, programs, and planning, while also serving as customer advocates. The 15-member CAC represents seven sub-regions of our service territory with members representing a diverse cross-section of community and professional backgrounds. 

Thank you to the CAC leadership and committee members for your service to our region.  

New CAC Members: 
Neil Fromer, Committee Chair (Unincorporated Los Angeles County) 
Jennifer Andreassen Burke, Vice Chair (Ventura County) 
Genaro Bugarin (Vice Chair (Los Angeles County) 

CARE/FERA, Medical Baseline Rate Freeze, a COVID-19 Relief Effort, Winds Down  


In May 2020, the Clean Power Alliance Board of Directors voted to temporarily freeze rates for customers on the CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline financial assistance programs. The freeze was implemented as part of CPA’s COVID-19 relief effort to protect vulnerable customers during a quickly evolving economic crisis with unprecedented impacts to employment and financial wellbeing.  As California has made strides in pandemic recovery, the board voted to end the temporary rate freeze for CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline customers as of October 1, 2022. Standard CARE, FERA and Baseline Medical rates with their typical discounts have resumed for customers.  

Learn more about how CPA supports our customers here

Meet the Staff - Karla Velazquez

 


Tell us about your background.


The first professional positions of my career were in the private sector, working in finance and administration before transitioning and becoming involved in contracts and project management, which I enjoy tremendously.

In those early career days I also focused my efforts on supporting local start-up companies and subsidiary media and telecommunication companies while I worked to finish my schooling.

After I graduated with my bachelors degree, I firmly pursued my career goals and transitioned to the public sector through non-profit work.

What responsibilities do you have here at Clean Power Alliance?


I am responsible for the administrative tasks of the Marketing and Communication team & Government Affairs teams and I’m always happy to support our strategic goals in any way I can. I manage both departments’ budgets and assist with contracts, campaigns, and events. I also help manage the Community Advisory Committee with the Government Affairs team and I am always open to assisting with new and exciting tasks and strive to be a backbone for all our work. 


What are you most proud of in working here at CPA?


What I am most proud of is the professional growth I have made and the friendships I’ve cultivated at CPA. I love assisting and collaborating with all of our teams to achieve impactful outcomes that improve our communities. I feel our achievements are an amazing reflection of the strengths and the camaraderie in our organization.

Renewable Energy News Roundup

 
  • California School District Saves $70 Million with 8.1 MW Solar Installation (PV Magazine
  • Inside America’s Groundbreaking Solar-Powered Health Facility (The Guardian
  • Floating Wind Turbines off California Coast Soon Could Boost Power Grid (Silicon Valley)

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