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2019 Brings New Green Energy Program and More Flexibility

You will soon be able to choose greener energy without changing your provider, through the City's participation in the Clean Power Alliance (CPA). It's one way our region is working to provide more clean power options for residents and businesses.

How does it work?

The CPA delivers renewable energy through the City's existing provider, Southern California Edison. You can control your percentage of green energy, or go with 100% for the greatest environmental benefit.

Do I have to take any action?

  1. Do nothing, and 100% of your energy will come from renewable sources. This is best for the environment and may increase your electrical bill about 7-9%.  *SCE’s own 100% renewable energy option is 14% above its baseline, thus 5% higher than CPA's option.
  2. Select the 50% clean option and your bill should remain about the same.
  3. Select the 36% clean option for a 1-2% decrease in your bill.

I didn’t choose CPA. Why am I being moved?

  • The 2002 State law that made community choice possible, determined that the new local government provider (CPA) would be the default.
  • Through a call to 888-585-3788 or visit to the CPA website, you can switch back to SCE. Have your SCE bill on hand with your account information.

Why did the City choose the 100% renewable option as the default?

  • The City of Thousand Oaks has always been an environmental leader and prides itself as such. This the single biggest action that the City can take to reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate climate change, improve air quality, and support the local green economy.
  • This choice allows those who qualify for rate assistance to receive 100% clean power for no additional charge.

Doesn’t all the electricity come on the same lines? How is it possible for me to get 100% renewable energy and my neighbor 36%?

  • It is true that both your and your neighbor’s electricity comes across the same transmission lines. By signing up for 100% renewable power, that amount of renewable energy will be purchased on your behalf and put on the grid.
  • This is no different from the way that solar panels work on homes. If someone is home during the day when their panels are producing power, they will use some of those “clean electrons” to power their home; the rest will flow to the grid.When they use electricity in the evening or at night, their electricity comes from the grid and is the same as their neighbors. This does not diminish the value of their solar power; they are still powered by renewable energy.

How will my new bill compare?

  • To get an accurate comparison, use the bill comparison calculator. Have a recent SCE bill ready so you can enter your usage information.

Will my bill look different?

  • The CPA generates renewable energy and delivers it through your existing provider, which for Thousand Oaks is Southern California Edison.
  • Southern California Edison (SCE) will continue to deliver power, send you an SCE bill, and resolve any electrical service issues.
  • You will see a new line item on your bill for CPA, this represents the cost to generate clean energy and replaces an SCE fee.

How do I make my selection?

  • Those selecting the Green option don't need to take any action. You will automatically switch to 100% renewable sources in February of 2019.
  • If you want to select another option, or change your preference, visit The CPA website for instructions. 

Key dates and fees:

Pre-enrollment (i.e. before your February meter read):

  • Contact CPA to opt-out via phone or web
  • Customer remains on existing SCE rate
  • No charge from CPA
  • No charge from SCE
  • Customer may switch back to CPA at any time

Post-enrollment, less than 60 days after your February meter read:

  • Contact CPA to opt-out via phone or web
  • Customer returns to their previous SCE rate
  • No charge from CPA
  • 50 cent charge from SCE
  • Customer must remain with SCE for minimum of 12 months before returning to CPA

Post-enrollment, more than 60 days after* your February meter read:

  • Contact CPA to opt-out via phone or web
  • Provide SCE with a form: “Six Month Advance Notice to Return to Bundled Portfolio Service”
  • Customer has two options
    • Option #1: Immediate return to SCE on a “Transitional Bundled Service (TBS) Rate” for six months – this is a market price energy rate that could be higher or lower that their previous SCE rate depending on energy prices. After six months on this TBS, then customer returns to their previous SCE rate
    • Option #2: Remain with CPA for six months and then return to SCE on their previous SCE rate
  • No charge from CPA
  • 50 cent charge from SCE
  • Customer must remain with SCE for minimum of 12 months before returning to CPA

*If a customer wants to opt-out in that third time period (i.e. more than 60 days after meter read), they can provide SCE with the six month advance notice form, opt-down to Lean Power, save some money for six months, and then go back on their previous SCE rate and avoid the TBS. Customers can change their CPA rate at any time with no fee.

Where can I find more information?

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