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Thousand Oaks to Offer Clean Electricity Options

elec meter2On December 12, 2017, Thousand Oaks City Council voted to join Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE), a newly formed Community Choice Energy (CCE) program established by the County of Los Angeles. The Thousand Oaks vote followed closely on the heels of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors decision to enroll in the program the same day. Ojai and Camarillo have also joined the program with other cities in various stages of review.

CCE enables local governments to purchase or develop power on behalf of their residents and businesses, putting energy purchasing and pricing options into the hands of local decision-makers. There are already five operational CCEs in place in northern California within PG&E territory, the oldest of which, Marin Clean Energy, began its operations in 2010. Three newer ones are now serving former SCE customers in southern California.

LACCE plans to offer customers the choice of three electricity options – one consistent with the current electricity mix offered by Southern California Edison (SCE), one that has a higher (50%) renewable energy content, and one at 100% renewable content. Each customer may choose the plan that’s right for them. Alternatively, customers can choose to continue to receive their electricity from SCE. LACCE will begin serving electricity to Thousand Oaks in the latter part of 2018.

Regardless of whether you choose LACCE or SCE as your electricity supplier, SCE will continue to deliver electricity to all residents and businesses, maintain and build the distribution network, install and read meters, respond to outages, and provide billing and customer service. Both programs will run energy efficiency programs and incentives. Although applications for onsite solar will still need to go through SCE for interconnection to the grid, LACCE can elect to pay customers at a higher rate than SCE for any excess solar energy generated.

The true benefit of joining a CCE is to provide customers with choice – choice of supplier, choice of rate, choice of renewable energy content. If you’ve been waiting to “go green” but are unable to install solar on your property, this program will offer you a way to participate in clean energy options. If you simply want to save a few dollars, LACCE hopes to generate some savings for you. You’ll always have the choice to choose either provider and switch later. Now that’s real choice! Stay tuned for updates.
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