Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is here to help our customers during COVID-19. We understand that choosing between rent, bills and groceries or payroll is a situation no family or small business should have to face, especially during a crisis. We believe our customers deserve to have reliable and affordable electricity with manageable payments that keep the lights on and customers out of debt. To do our part, CPA’s Board of Directors approved a new $1 million COVID-19 Relief Program that provides bill assistance to customers most in need. Residential customers can receive a $25 one-time, automatic bill credit by signing up for CARE, FERA, or Medical Baseline financial assistance. If a customer is already on one of those programs, they can receive the bill credit by getting on a payment plan with Southern California Edison (SCE). Small business customers can receive a $50 one-time, automatic bill credit by signing up for a payment plan with SCE. Bill credits are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds run out! Learn more about how to sign up for financial assistance programs, payment plans, and receive our credit below.
We support our communities and stand together during this difficult time.
Our Board continues its commitment to investing in the development of new renewable energy sources in Southern California through its recent approval of three new long-term contracts for utility scale storage, solar + storage, and small hydroelectric resources. These projects diversify our existing power portfolio and will help CPA meet the State of California’s SB 100 renewable energy targets while also meeting the high renewable energy demand of CPA’s customers. The storage portions of these projects will provide reliable evening peak energy and allow CPA to meet part of its California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) incremental capacity requirements. CPA plans to continue its expansion of clean energy and storage supply with additional projects currently under negotiation through CPA’s 2019 Reliability Request for Offers and 2019 Clean Energy Request for Offers.Check out the exciting project highlights!
Utility Scale Storage – Kern County
Contracts 100 MW/400 MWh from Terra Gen’s Sanborn storage project
Creates approximately 70 construction jobs
Small Hydroelectric – Tulare County
Contracts all of Kaweah River Power Authority’s existing 20.1 MW Kaweah small hydroelectric project
Solar and Storage –
San Bernardino County
Contracts 100 MW of solar and 50 MW/200 MWh of battery storage capacity from Middle River Power’s High Desert solar and storage project
CPA welcomed its first group of community based organizations (CBOs) in May. These organizations will soon connect and engage with CPA’s Los Angeles and Ventura County customers in disadvantaged communities about CPA service and programs.
In early 2020, CPA launched its first Community Based Organization (CBO) Outreach Grant Program RFP. The goal of the CBO Grant program is for CPA to engage and educate low-income customers in Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) and other vulnerable populations in partnership with local CBOs. Outreach topics include CPA’s rates and service, the benefits of clean energy and financial incentives through the CPA Power Response program, CARE and FERA, and a forthcoming Community Solar/100% Green Discount customer program (pending CPUC funding approval). CPA is excited to have awarded five CBOs with $20,000 one-year grants. Considering the unique outreach challenges during COVID-19, CPA has worked with each CBO to creatively adjust their work to focus on virtual engagement strategies until in-person outreach is safe to conduct. Get to know our CBO grantees and look out for CPA content on their social media channels! Our five grantees include the following organizations (along with the communities they serve in CPA’s service territory):
Gina comes to Clean Power Alliance with more than a decade of experience working on environmental and clean energy policy and government affairs. She previously worked at Tesla, where she spent four years (including two at SolarCity) advancing local policies related to solar, storage, electric vehicles and infrastructure. Prior to that, she worked together with CPA Executive Director Ted Bardacke at Global Green USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to clean energy and energy efficiency, with a focus on low-income affordable housing. Gina received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California.
What does a day in the life of Clean Power Alliance’s Policy Director look like?
Most of my time is spent working to advance CPA’s priorities through policy and legislation. Typically, that means analyzing bills as they relate to CPA and our customers, monitoring statewide energy goals and targets, and collaborating with our Board of Directors, various stakeholder and community groups on clean energy issues. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this year has been a bit different, with much of my time focused on how the green economy can be part of future economic recovery efforts.
How has your previous experience helped shape your current role at Clean Power Alliance?
I’ve spent my entire career working in policy and government affairs in the environmental and clean energy space, spanning the nonprofit and clean tech sectors. Much of my previous experience has focused on advancing distributed energy resources and working at CPA allows me to work on centralized procurement for the first time, which has been incredibly interesting and eye opening.
What do you enjoy most about working at Clean Power Alliance?
I feel passionate about the mission of the organization, and the commitment that CPA has made to bring more clean energy to Southern California, as quickly as possible. CPA and CCAs in general are reinventing the traditional utility model and meeting the State’s clean energy goals years ahead of schedule. As the fifth largest load serving entity in the state, our procurement decisions make a real difference, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.
Share an interesting fact about yourself.
My husband and I are both proud to be native Angelenos, and our 3-year-old son is a 4th generation Angeleno. We can’t wait to share all the wonderful and unique things Los Angeles has to offer with him – or at least once social distancing has been relaxed!
Join our diverse, innovative, and dynamic team running the 5th largest electricity provider in California and leading the way to a clean energy future! We’re currently hiring for an Administrative Associate and Customer Care Specialist. Learn more and apply today!