Clean Power Alliance Receives Policy Leadership Award for its Ongoing Work in Centering Equity in the Delivery of Clean Energy Throughout Southern California
U.S. Green Building – Los Angeles Chapter presents Award during its 20th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 24, 2021
Los Angeles, CA – The U.S. Green Building-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) has presented its 2021 Policy Leadership Award to Clean Power Alliance (CPA). CPA received the award for its ongoing work in centering equity in the delivery of clean energy to customers across the region.
The award was presented during USGBC-LA’s two-day virtual 20th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo, which took place May 21 and 22. In presenting the award, USGBC-LA cited CPA’s: focus on equity in clean energy, providing 100% Green Power automatically to bill assistance customers, workforce development, education programs, and its pandemic response.
While virtually receiving the award on behalf of CPA and its Board of Directors, CPA Executive Director Ted Bardacke thanked USGBC-LA and proudly spoke to the five categories. Bardacke then added “CPA’s Board will soon be freezing the rates for our approximately 300,000 low-income customers for another year. We are also reserving 50% of the funds for our electric vehicle charging station incentive program for use amongst the many disadvantaged communities located within our diverse service territory.”
CPA is the locally operated electricity provider for 30 cities throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County, as well as the unincorporated areas of both counties. As the fifth largest electricity provider in California and the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy to customers in the nation, CPA provides clean renewable energy to approximately three million customers, located in many diverse communities throughout the Southern California region.
To keep pace with its customers growing demand for clean, reliable, and affordable zero-carbon energy, CPA’s Board of Directors has also approved several high impact long-term power purchase and energy storage agreements. All Each of these energy projects meet CPA’s high standards for: benefits to disadvantaged communities, workforce development, environmental stewardship, proximity to CPA territory, economic value, and development risk.
“CPA was founded upon the values of equity, local control and providing choice to our many member agencies and customers,” said CPA’s Board Chair Diana Mahmud. “We are proud to be recognized for prioritizing equity not only in the delivery of clean energy to our customers, but throughout our operations and decision making.”
In 2020, CPA’s Board of Director’s adopted CPA’s Local Programs for a Clean Energy Future five-year strategic plan, which calls for $200 million in local investment in customer programs and community priorities, centered around: resiliency and grid management, building and transportation electrification, and local renewable energy procurement.
In choosing which local programs to prioritize CPA uses a comprehensive accessibility analysis, which includes benefits to low-income communities and disadvantaged communities. These local programs include such programs as: residential demand response programs, public electric vehicle charging stations incentives, building electrification code incentives, and natural gas appliance replacement. In addition, CPA’s Power Share program incorporates both 100% green discounts and community solar components, which are targeted toward the many low-income and disadvantaged communities located throughout CPA’s service territory.
The Power Share program provides 100% clean energy at a 20% discount to eligible customers. The Power Share discount is applied in addition to customers’ already discounted California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), or Family Electric Rates Assistance (FERA) programs, which can lead to an overall bill savings of approximately 35 to 45 percent. The community solar component of the program will soon bring multiple local community solar projects to disadvantaged communities in CPA’s service territory.
While acknowledging the many various award recipients during the award ceremony, USGBC-LA’s Executive Director, Ben Stapleton said “We are proud in this unique moment to honor the City of LA’s leadership to forge the trail to 100% renewable energy, the Clean Power Alliance’s commitment to equity being at the heart of that discussion, and all the public buildings with the dedicated project teams who helped bring them into existence.”
To read USGBC-LA’s Press Release regarding the 20th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo and all award recipients click here.
About Clean Power Alliance
Founded in 2017, Clean Power Alliance is the locally operated electricity provider for 30 cities across Los Angeles County and Ventura County, as well as the unincorporated areas of both counties. CPA is the fifth largest electricity provider in California and the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy to customers in the nation. CPA serves approximately three million customers via one million customer accounts, providing clean renewable energy at competitive rates. To view CPA’s 2020 Impact Report click here. For complete information regarding CPA visit cleanpoweralliance.org.
About U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles
USGBC-LA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to creating a prosperous and sustainable future within one generation. Our mission promotes sustainability in LA County’s built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition and networking. (http://www.usgbc-la.org)
About Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE)
Since its inception in 2001, MGBCE has become the longest-running and largest gathering of leading sustainability and green building advocates within both the public and private sectors in Southern California. This annual conference and trade show provides cutting-edge thought leadership, education, and networking opportunities to inform local government agencies, building industry professionals, and the general public about the principles, practices, and products associated with green building. (https://usgbc-la.org/programs/mgbce/)
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