Climate Action Santa Monica is arranging the first opportunity for people to attend a public forum on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and learn how Santa Monica in combination with other cities is working toward creating a new power authority. The new authority will ensure power in Santa Monica is mostly or all renewable at a price comparable or less than the existing power vendor.

Marin County, Sonoma County and the City of Lancaster have already formed CCAs providing guidance and a reality-based track record for new Community Choice programs coming online. Currently seven southern California cities, including Santa Monica, with more on the verge, have passed resolutions to participate in a CCA feasibility study, which is a first step in the CCA creation process. Giving a big boost to the effort, Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Don Knabe co-sponsored a motion passed in March by the Board of Supervisors authorizing $150,000 in funding for the study.

Featured speakers at the forum include Joe Galliani and Shawn Marshall, both heavily involved with CCA’s. Shawn with Lean Energy USA was integral in the forming of Marin’s CCA and Joe is the lead organizer of the South Bay Clean Power Working Group, the volunteer citizen group working on bringing clean energy to Santa Monica and other Southern California cities.

Additionally, at the forum, UCLA Environment & Sustainability students will present their research and conclusions into ways Santa Monica can further reduce greenhouse gases. Their capstone research project and presentation, initiated at the request of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, will offer results of a Santa Monica UCLA Sustainability Audit.

The Climate Action forum is free and open to the public. Registration at LightenUp.Eventbrite.com is highly suggested due to limited space. It will take place at the Church in Ocean Park, the sponsor of CASM, located at 235 Hill St., in Santa Monica. Doors open at 1 p.m., program begins 1:30 p.m., May 31. The Church in Ocean Park is an interfaith community dedicated to social justice. For more information, go to ClimateActionSantaMonica.org or call (424) 259-3194.

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