Local Programs for a Clean Energy Future Strategic Plan

We’re excited to share that Clean Power Alliance’s Board of Directors approved our new five-year Local Programs for a Clean Energy Future strategic plan on June 4, 2020. The plan calls for $200 million in local renewable investment and a mix of programs promoting electric vehicles and buildings, demand response, and low-income community solar and intends to guide the next five years of customer programs. The visionary plan was finalized in partnership with Arup and Cadmus after a year of stakeholder input and rigorous quantitative analysis.

To ensure the plan reflected the needs of its diverse service territory, Clean Power Alliance spent months engaging with hundreds of customers and stakeholders in-person and online in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Three Core Categories and Programs

The proposed programs are intended to help save customers money while achieving community goals such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting climate resiliency, creating jobs, and serving Clean Power Alliance’s broad and diverse customer base.

Resiliency and Grid Management
Programs include:
-Clean Back Up Power for Essential Facilities, which will target installing back-up battery storage energy at essential facilities, such as fire stations and community centers, in each of Clean Power Alliance’s member agencies.
-Customer-owned Energy Storage, giving financial incentives to customers to adjust their battery storage units’ energy during peak times; this program is currently being piloted via the CPA Power Response Program.
-Peak Management Pricing, launching this summer, provides bill credits for commercial and public agency customers to reduce their energy during peak times.

Programs include:
-Public Electric Vehicle Charging, which will provide incentives for publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers. Clean Power Alliance has requested funding through the California Energy Commission to install new electric vehicle charger installations in Ventura County and will seek to expand the program to Los Angeles County in the future.
-Building Electrification Code Incentives, which will provide technical assistance and incentives for cities and counties to develop local building codes to encourage building electrification.

Local Energy Procurement
Program includes:
-Community Solar, in which Clean Power Alliance would develop small-scale solar projects sited in Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) that provide bill discounts only to residents in that community and 100% Green Discount, which would use larger local solar projects to provide bill discounts but be open to low-income residents across the service territory. These programs would be deployed with funding from the California Public Utilities Commission.