At the March 21 City Council meeting, the Council discussed the process for LCF to join the Clean Power Alliance, a Community Choice Aggregator electric power provider that would allow LCF residents to purchase up to 100% green electricity while retaining Southern California Edison for residential billing. Currently, LCF residents have no option to request 100% green electricity through SCE. SCE is placing residential customers on a long waiting list, and homeowners can participate in the CPA only if LCF elects to join the group.
The city staff requested $10,000 in the midyear budget for the CPA to prepare a report on rates and the process for joining, as have Claremont, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. The Council voted not to fund the CPA report, but promised to do so in the 2023-24 budget.
I urge the Council to fund the CPA feasibility study. LCF residents deserve a green electricity option to help LCF reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, as mandated by the state of California, while the Council awaits the updated Climate Action Plan report.
The Climate Action Plan consultant has scheduled community meetings for May 18 from 6-8 p.m. at City Hall, and May 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the LCF Library. Residents are urged to bring all ideas — big and small — to the meetings to help shape a plan for a cleaner, more sustainable LCF.
LCF Climate Coalition co-founder
La Cañada Flintridge
First published in the April 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.