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Clean, expensive electricity plan approved for 4 OC cities

According to a rate plan approved by Orange County on Tuesday, January 11, thousands of Orange County homes are expected to pay about 4% more for electricity in exchange for accelerating the state’s — and global — push toward 100% clean energy. . Power Authority.

The authority is taking over from Southern California Edison this year as power parts for four cities – Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fullerton and Buena Park – and unincorporated counties. The rate-payer-funded public agency, part of California’s growing trend to provide clean electricity, is hoping to attract additional cities to the effort.

The approved plan sets a default “smart choice” energy mix of 69% renewable energy, a huge jump from a statewide mix of about 34% clean energy going to the grid. Irvine City Council has already indicated it prefers the Smart Choice option and Buena Park Council was ready to consider options Tuesday night.

Individual cities can choose to opt out of the Smart Choice mix, instead choosing the 38% mix with no rate hike, or opt for the 100% clean energy option, which costs 5.6 percent off current prices. % will be higher. Individual customers can then go with their city’s default, selecting one of the other two options, or choose to stick with Edison only.

“Today is a great day for climate action in Orange County,” said Ann Carsiune of the Climate Action Campaign. “Families in four cities and (unincorporated) counties will now have the option to power their homes and businesses with 100% clean electricity to help reduce our carbon emissions and create new economic opportunities in our region.”

Plan clarifications are to be mailed to commercial customers in early February, with residential customers to receive clarifications in late summer. The authority expects to begin serving commercial customers in the spring and residential customers in the fall. The expected projected growth for the Smart Choice plan is 3.7%, or $4.25 per month for the average household.

Edison will continue to provide power transmission, billing and customer service, while the authority will select and contract the power source.

solar incentive

When originally introduced, advocates of the plan – known as Community Choice Energy and Community Choice Aggregation – teased the idea that they might offer savings on Edison rates. But clean energy activists aren’t complaining that the cheapest plan matches just that rate.

“I was really hoping the cheapest rate would be more expensive than[Edison’s]but here it’s on par,” said Kathleen Treseder, co-founder of advocacy group OC Clean Power.

Another feature of the authority’s plan is that people who have rooftop solar systems have to pay 10% more for the electricity sold to the grid.

“Not only does this increase the incentive to use solar, but it encourages (customers) to use less energy,” said Linda Kramer of the Climate Reality Project. He praised the authority for the relatively modest increase for those opting for 100% clean energy.

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There are some caveats that could result in changes in rates. First, Edison has to approve a rate hike in March. While this is expected to be marginal and the authorization is not likely to change the percentage of the scheme, it may affect the calculation of the final bill amounts. Second, if most cities choose the cheapest option as the default, it may result in an increase in the cost of that plan.

“What we set out now can come back to us,” said Authority chairman Mike Carroll. “These rates seem to be turning around.”

Additionally, on January 27 the California Public Utilities Commission will consider a proposal that could reduce total compensation for current and future rooftop solar owners, a plan that has been opposed by many clean-energy activists, but those who do not. Backed by those who say that non-solar customers unfairly subsidize them. With roof panels.

lack of energy

The state’s road to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045 has not been easy, largely thanks to limited power sources.

The state’s plan to shut down old, gas-powered power generators in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Redondo Beach and Oxnard has been delayed from 2020 to 2023 due to concerns from state regulators that without them there will not be enough electricity .

Does this mean that customers with the community’s choice of clean-energy packages will leave the rest of the state with more non-renewable energy?

Not according to a 2020 UCLA study. The study found that by increasing the demand for clean energy, programs have accelerated the development of clean energy.

From 2011 to 2019, community choice aggregation programs used twice as much renewable energy as needed by the state — and that helped communities that were still served by private utilities also exceed requirements, it said.

According to the study, “(private utilities) are left with long-term renewable energy contracts purchased on behalf of customers who have migrated to (community choice programmes).” “That means they have more renewable energy than they need for fewer customers.”

Michael Ward of the California Energy Commission, which monitors electricity use, agreed.

“Bottom line, the use of additional renewables by any … unit will only increase the total amount of renewable energy being used in California,” Ward said.

So far, there are 23 community choice programs in California, serving more than 11 million customers in more than 200 cities and counties, according to Leora Broydo Westel of the California Community Choice Association. This is more than 30% of the state’s population.

Story updated on January 12th to better reflect the timing of notification letters to customers.

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