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Exploration of Community Choice Energy Continues in Santa Barbara County

Last week the County Board of Supervisors held a hearing on the CCE feasibility study. As detailed in a comment letter by CEC (view the letter here), they and other reviewers noted there were many instances where the study may have used incorrect assumptions, which led to disappointing results. Letters in favor of continuing to explore Community Choice were also submitted by Sierra Club, World Business Academy, and Gail Osherenko. They can be viewed here.

The Board concurred, and voted to invite additional community and expert input on possible shortcomings in the study, and engage in a more in-depth peer review. We look forward to this additional study and will keep the public updated on the process. Below is the motion:

Approved 3-2 to accept staff option #3 with the following guidance:

Motion:

I move that the County move forward with option 3, continued exploration of CCE related options.

These options to explore include:

  • Without any commitment to either program: seeking out more information from Monterey Community Power and L.A. County about the projected costs and time lines of signing on with them.
  • Engaging MRW or other qualified consultant to conduct additional analysis with adjusted assumptions as outlined in the peer review and potentially use a market based approach to solicit 1-3 and 5-7 year PPA contracts for wind, solar and natural gas energy to meet, and then use these procurement costs in their model.
  • Issue an RFP for an energy consultant to analyze Santa Barbara County facilities for a pending solicitation from Southern California Edison for local electrical capacity resources.  Also to reach out to other agencies / businesses with large electrical loads and inquire about their desire to participated in the planning effort.
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