Clean Power Alliance
The Clean Power Alliance (CPA), is the new electricity provider in Southern California, bringing our community clean renewable energy at competitive rates! In February 2018, Ventura City Council voted to join the CPA, a newly formed public agency, and join 29 other cities and Los Angeles and Ventura counties in offering community choice energy to residents and businesses. Community choice energy allows local governments to join together to purchase and invest in renewable energy sources like solar and wind. The goal is community-based control over electricity sources, creating jobs in the clean energy sector, and moving toward a fully renewable power supply. Southern California Edison (SCE) will continue to deliver power to your home, send one bill, and resolve any issue with your electricity service.
Residential CPA customers in Ventura are scheduled to begin service in February 2019, while commercial and industrial customers will start in May 2019. CPA customers can choose between the following three rate options:
- 100% Green Power - Protects the environment and builds resiliency
- 7% - 9% more expensive than SCE default rate
- 50% Clean Power - Renewable energy that supports a cleaner future
- 0% - 1% cheaper than SCE’s default rate
- 36% Lean Power - Least amount of renewable energy
- 1% - 2% cheaper than SCE’s default rate
The Clean Power Alliance set up an online bill calculator for ratepayers to estimate how their bill may be impacted by the change in rate structure. If you're one of many residents who are still trying to understand their bill, check out CPA's page on understanding your bill. Residents will not have to do anything to be automatically enrolled in CPA’s 100% Green Power rate option, which provides 100% renewable content and gives you the opportunity to join the City of Ventura in our commitment to protecting the environment. If you decide 100% Green Power is not the right fit for you, you will be able to select one of CPA’s other two rate options or “opt out” and return to SCE to purchase energy on your behalf.
CPA customers will still have access to special rates or programs such as CARE, FERA, Medical Baseline, Level Pay and Summer Discounts. Customers currently enrolled in the CARE, FERA, and Medical Baseline assistance programs, and enrolled in the City’s 100% Green Power will be charged the same rates they would have paid to SCE. To learn more or to change your rate visit cleanpoweralliance.org/rate-options or call 888-585-3788. While this process may be confusing, this partnership will support our region moving in a fiscally and environmentally responsible direction. You aren't the only one with questions, so they've put together an FAQ page to help clear the air.
Other cities and counties who have also joined the Clean Power Alliance include: Camarillo, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura Unincorporated County, Los Angeles County and 23 other cities in L.A. County. Transitioning to the Clean Power Alliance means increased local management and control of energy sources, increased stability in electricity rates, and higher renewable content at a cheaper cost. We believe that this move will bring more decision-making power to the people within our community while allocating our utility payments to local renewable energy sources.