About Us

Clean Power Alliance believes in a clean energy future that is local, where communities are empowered and customers are given a choice about the source of their energy. We are California’s new locally operated electricity provider across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, offering clean renewable energy at competitive rates.

Clean Power Alliance will serve approximately three million customers and one million customer accounts across 31 communities throughout Southern California including unincorporated Los Angeles County, unincorporated Ventura County and the cities of: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Claremont, Carson, Culver City, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Paramount, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Simi Valley, South Pasadena, Temple City, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, West Hollywood, and Whittier.

Clean Power Alliance purchases clean power and Southern California Edison (SCE) delivers it. Nothing else changes—SCE will continue to deliver power to your business, send one bill, and be responsible for resolving any issues with your electricity service.

Each member agency will select a default rate option to begin service. Although you will be automatically enrolled based on your community's choice, you will have the ability to change your rate at any time. No matter what offering you choose, you will soon enjoy the shared benefits of Clean Power Alliance including local control, stable rates, and higher renewable content.

Benefits

The best part is: the choice is yours! For the first time, you now have a choice when it comes to your energy. Clean Power Alliance currently offers three rate options designed to suit the diverse needs of our communities. You will have the opportunity to choose the percentage of renewable content that suits your business or family best. No matter what offering you choose, our communities will enjoy the shared benefits of Clean Power Alliance.

History

Clean Power Alliance was established in 2017 to provide cost competitive electric services, reduce electric sector greenhouse gas emissions, stimulate renewable energy development, implement distributed energy resources, promote energy efficiency and demand reduction programs, and sustain long-term rate stability for residents and businesses through local control. Originally established as a joint powers authority with unincorporated Los Angeles County, Rolling Hills Estates, and South Pasadena as founding members, we quickly grew to a coalition of 31 agencies across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

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Our Team

Clean Power Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors that includes an elected official from each of the communities we serve. Learn more about our team of staff below!

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Ted Bardacke

Executive Director

Ted Bardacke is Executive Director for Clean Power Alliance, California’s new, locally-operated, electricity provider for 31 communities and approximately one million eligible customers across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Ted brings a unique background to the organization that includes broad experience in the public sector, renewable energy planning, sustainability program design, customer service, journalism, education, and non-profit leadership. Ted comes to Clean Power Alliance from the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where he was Director of Infrastructure and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Sustainability Office. Prior to that, Ted worked in the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green USA, and in the 1990s served as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times of London, based in Mexico City and Bangkok. Ted holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University and has taught at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs for the past 10 years.

Nancy Whang

General Counsel

Nancy serves as the General Counsel for Clean Power Alliance. Prior to joining Clean Power Alliance, Nancy was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she was a member of the Government & Regulatory Practice Group. While at Manatt, Nancy worked on a range of matters from energy and government contracts to health & safety and environmental issues. Nancy's prior experience also includes two years at the Southern California Gas Company where she worked on the general rate case, risk and safety issues, and operations-related matters. Nancy is dedicated to public service having served on the Central Area Commission for the City of Los Angeles, and as a Board Member of the Korean American Coalition, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Nancy holds a law degree from UCLA School of Law, and received her bachelor's from Smith College.

Matthew Langer

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew is Chief Operating Officer for Clean Power Alliance, leading internal operations, strategy, regulatory affairs, and development for California’s largest community choice energy provider. Matthew has broad renewable energy and utility experience, including deep expertise in renewable energy project development, contracting, and operations. His experience includes nine years at Southern California Edison where he held roles in energy procurement, corporate strategy, transmission and distribution, and customer service. Matthew earned an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and his bachelor’s in Management from Tulane University.

David McNeil

Chief Financial Officer

David McNeil is the Chief Financial Officer for Clean Power Alliance, overseeing financial operations and analysis for the organization. Prior to joining Clean Power Alliance, David served as Manager of Finance for Marin Clean Energy (MCE), where he steered the growth of MCE’s revenues and net position, and was instrumental in arranging for MCE to receive an investment grade credit rating (Baa2) from Moody’s, the only community choice aggregator to have done so. David has 20 years of experience in financial oversight, credit management, strategic planning and risk management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.

Natasha Keefer

Director of Power Planning & Procurement

Natasha serves as Director of Power Planning & Procurement for Clean Power Alliance. Her experience spans sustainable infrastructure development, energy finance, utility planning and procurement, and launching new enterprises. Natasha comes to Clean Power Alliance from Renewable Resources Group (RRG), an impact investment firm, where she was Vice President of Energy and Water Development, leading infrastructure project development and investment activities in the Western United States, South America, and Australia. Before joining RRG, Natasha was Director of Project Development for Edison Water Resources, where she was responsible for developing local, sustainable water supply projects in the City of Los Angeles and other Southern California communities. She earned her MBA from Columbia Business School and her bachelor’s from the University of Southern California.

Monique Edwards

Director of Technology Integration & Data Analytics

Monique is Director of Technology Integration and Data Analytics for Clean Power Alliance. Monique brings a unique background that includes prior CCA experience, expertise in the public sector, education, financial and technical leadership, most recently having served the City of Lancaster/Lancaster Choice Energy as IT/Customer Care Manager. In Lancaster, Monique was responsible for oversight of the Customer Care/Data Management contract, including customer enrollment, customer service, and the call center interface, while also managing the City’s IT Department. Prior to that, Monique worked for AT&T focusing on emerging business technology products. Monique holds degrees from the University of Phoenix, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is near completion of a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration from Walden University.

Jennifer Ward

Head of Local Government Affairs

Jennifer is Head of Local Government Affairs for Clean Power Alliance, responsible for liaising with the organization’s 31 unique member jurisdictions across Southern California. Jennifer brings eight years of experience leading public affairs and sustainability policy for local governments. Skilled in community relations and communications, clean energy, legislation, sustainable urban and public health policy, Jennifer previously worked on regional planning issues for 18 jurisdictions in Riverside County, serving as Director of Government Relations for the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG). Her prior non-profit experience includes serving on the Board and Chairing the Inland Empire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Jennifer received her bachelor’s in Environmental Analysis from Claremont McKenna College.

Allison Mannos

Senior Manager of Marketing & Customer Engagement

As Senior Manager of Marketing & Customer Engagement, Allison manages Clean Power Alliance’s external communications and the organization’s interaction with its soon to be one million customer accounts. Allison brings a decade of experience in marketing and non-profit engagement throughout Los Angeles County, and most recently worked for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). At LAANE, Allison was Campaign Director for Repower LA, which established equitable community solar, electric vehicle, and energy efficiency policies for LADWP. She has a long history of community outreach and volunteerism, including being one of the founding board members for CicLAvia, a non-profit dedicated to public spaces, active transportation, and health through car-free streets. Allison received her bachelor’s in Asian-American Studies / Urban Planning from UCLA.

Karen Schmidt

Regional Affairs Manager

Karen serves as Clean Power Alliance’s representative for Ventura County and the Conejo Valley, leading regional efforts for government affairs, customer outreach, and key account services. Karen’s career has spanned energy, climate change, land use, biological conservation, and sustainability issues in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Her past clients have included The Nature Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Institute, American Farmland Trust, San Diego County Department of Health and Los Angeles Food Policy Council Task Force, as well as numerous agricultural and renewable energy companies. A long-time Ventura County resident, she has worked with many community organizations in the region, most recently including SOAR. Karen holds an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and an MS in biology and a BS in biology and environmental earth sciences from Stanford University.

Christian Cruz

Community Outreach Manager

Christian serves as the Community Outreach Manager for Clean Power Alliance, providing support to the organization’s Community Advisory Committee, a 15-member body of customer volunteers who advise the Board of Directors on planning and policy matters. Christian brings a history of working with local governments and community organizations across Southern California. Christian was most recently at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, which is comprised of 31 cities, three water districts, and three LA County supervisorial districts, where he served as the staff liaison to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He has a strong background in constituent relations, having served as Field Deputy for Pasadena Councilmember John Kennedy. Christian received his bachelor’s from San Francisco State University and his MPA from University of La Verne.

Tyler Aguirre

Account Services Manager

As Account Services Manager, Tyler is an internal advocate for Clean Power Alliance customers, particularly those with special rates or unique energy needs. Her responsibilities include customer support, outreach, and engagement to understand diverse customer segments. Tyler is also part of the Clean Power Alliance ratemaking team and works closely with Regulatory Affairs and Technology Integration & Data Analytics to understand impacts to customers from various internal and external sources. Tyler held previous positions at Cigna Global Health Benefits, Food & Water Watch, and was part of the County of Los Angeles’ team that launched Clean Power Alliance. She received her bachelor’s at Trinity University and holds a Master’s from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Jacquelyn Betha

Board Secretary/Executive Assistant

Jacquelyn serves as the Board Secretary and Executive Assistant to Clean Power Alliance’s Executive Director, Ted Bardacke. Jacquelyn came to Clean Power Alliance from the East Coast Tri-State area, from Philadelphia, and prior to that, Brooklyn where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the City University of New York. Jacquelyn brings with her over ten years of office support experience that extends from supporting Financial Analysts to multiple Field Representatives for the IRS. Jacquelyn is highly enthusiastic to have relocated to Southern California to join the Clean Power Alliance team as the organization is growing.

Jesus Benavides

CivicSpark Climate Fellow

Jesus is serving on the Clean Power Alliance team as a CivicSpark Climate Fellow. CivicSpark is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments in California to address community resilience issues such as climate change, water resource management, and access to opportunities, and is administered by the Local Government Commission and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Jesus, a recent graduate of UC Riverside with a degree in Political Science, is supporting Clean Power Alliance’s equity and supplier diversity goals by developing climate equity metrics program focused on community choice energy impacts. He previously served as a Ronald O. Loveridge Fellow at the Institute for Local Government and was a Congressional Intern to Rep. Pete Aguilar in San Bernardino County.

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