Clean Power Alliance
Twice a year, California residents receive an electric credit on their utility bill identified as the “California Climate Credit," and once a year, they receive a similar credit for natural gas. The California Climate Credit is part of California's efforts to fight climate change. These credits are from a state program that requires power plants, natural gas distributors and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credits represent residential utility ratepayers’ share of the payments from the state's program. The credit program was created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which also oversees the program's implementation.
Currently, all residential and eligible small business electricity customers of PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, Pacific Power, and Liberty Utilities receive the electric credit, as do all Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) customers. Natural gas residential customers of PG&E, SoCalGas®, Southwest Gas, and SDG&E receive the natural gas credit. Customers do not need to do anything in order to receive the credits – they are automatically applied to their bills. The credit amounts vary among utilities and CCAs, and from year-to-year.
If you're not sure whether you're receiving the Climate Credit, the first thing to do is contact your utility or CCA, the same as you would do with any billing questions. Your utility or CCA will be able to answer questions about individual accounts. For more information, visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/climatecredit/
Commercial customer enrollment will begin in May 2019.
Click here for the CPA Commercial Packet
Click here for the CPA Commercial Customer Handout
Visit the Commercial Rates page (https://cleanpoweralliance.org/rate-options/commercial-rates/) for updated rates and a bill calculator customized to this group of non-residential customers.
CPA Community Forum on March 26, 2019
The City of Camarillo hosted the Clean Power Alliance for a community forum on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Click here to view the presentation.
Solar Net Energy Metering (NEM) Update
Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has reached an agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE) concerning the unexpected billing issues that arose for several solar Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers resulting from Southern California Edison’s true-up process. In collaboration with SCE, CPA is giving NEM customers additional time to make an informed choice. Any customer who received a NEM true-up bill from SCE, should they choose to opt-out by March 31, will have their previous credits restored and/or any NEM true-up charges reversed; their NEM status will be as if they had never become a customer of Clean Power Alliance.
Over the course of the next month, CPA will be sending two additional letters to all NEM customers explaining their new options and the additional time they have to make a decision:
Click here to view the letter for customers who already opted-out.
Click here to view the letter for active NEM customers.
These true-up concerns can be quite technical in nature and every NEM customer is in a slightly different circumstance. Questions about this process should be directed to CPA’s call center 888-585-3788 (TTY 323-214-1296). If a customer is not able to resolve their concerns through the call center, they may contact Account Services Manager, Tyler Aguirre (email@example.com), who will coordinate and craft an individual response.
Information for the Community
As a member of the Clean Power Alliance, we are excited to announce that our community will soon have the option of choosing a new electrical provider. Starting in 2019, the Clean Power Alliance will be one of two electricity providers for Camarillo (currently, only Southern California Edison provides electricity to customers).
What is Clean Power Alliance?
The Clean Power Alliance is comprised of 32 local governments in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties working together to bring clean energy choices to our communities. Established as a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), the Clean Power Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors, who also serve as the rate-setting entity that establishes policies for power procurement.
How does it work?
Clean Power Alliance will purchase clean power and Southern California Edison (SCE) will deliver it. Nothing else changes—SCE will continue to deliver power to your home or business, send just one bill, and be responsible for resolving any issues with your electricity service.
For more information, watch the Clean Power Alliance Explainer Video or the CityScene TV interview with Clean Power Alliance Executive Director Ted Bardacke.
On September 26, 2018, the City Council elected to enroll our Camarillo residents and businesses at a 36% default rate; however, each individual customer has the opportunity to select the percentage of renewable energy content that works best for them by either choosing another rate option (50% or 100%), or staying with the selection made by the City Council. You may also choose to opt out completely, and purchase your electricity from Southern California Edison (SCE).
No matter what offering you choose, our community will soon enjoy the benefits of the Clean Power Alliance, including:
• Customer choice
• Local control
• Stable, competitive rates
• Higher renewable content and lower greenhouse gas emissions
• Reinvestment in local economies
• Opportunities for community involvement
When does service start?
The Clean Power Alliance is already serving municipal and commercial customers in unincorporated Los Angeles County and the Cities of Rolling Hills Estates and South Pasadena (which were the first members to join Clean Power Alliance). Beginning in 2019, the Clean Power Alliance will phase in all remaining customers throughout its service territory. Service to Camarillo residential customers is set to begin in February 2019 and service to non-residential customers is set to begin in May 2019.
Prior to being automatically enrolled, customers will receive two notices via mail. Two additional notices will be mailed post enrollment. These notices will include additional details on the Clean Power Alliance, including instructions on how to choose a different rate or opt out and remain with SCE.
Where does your power come from?
Clean Power Alliance's energy is procured from mostly non-polluting, clean and renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. For more information, please visit Clean Power Alliance’s Power Sources webpage.
CPA’s Power program provides financial incentives for customers who reduce electricity usage during times of high demand. Residential CPA customers who install smart thermostats or battery energy storage systems may be eligible for financial incentives for changing their energy equipment usage during times of peak energy demand, from 4 to 9 p.m. on weekdays. To learn more about CPA’s residential Power Response program and enroll click here. If you would like to learn about CPA’s Power Response program for commercial customers click here.
To learn more, please visit www.cleanpoweralliance.org. For more information, please contact the Clean Power Alliance customer service staff by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 585-3788.