• October 16, 2021
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OC Power Authority

Opinion: Political Pollsters Are Calling. Will You Answer?

Welcome Irvine voters to early polling! Has your phone started ringing with “caller unknown” calls?  Some brave Irvine residents who have answered these anonymous calls are getting quizzed on their opinions of candidates, and on other Irvine issues, with a focus on the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). It is awfully early for the polling […]

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Orange County Power Authority Unable to Properly Manage Basic Duties

Orange County Power Authority Unable to Properly Manage Basic Duties The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) has faced public scrutiny in the last few months and that scrutiny remains well deserved. Let’s recap some of the concerns: The OCPA’s Implementation Plan which is less ambitious than the state’s target of 60% renewables by 2030. The […]

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OCPA Violates California Public Records Act Amid Growing List of Transparency and Ethics Concerns Involving CEO Brian Probolsky

“Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value.” -Erika Oppenheimer On August 31, 2021, the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) held a meeting in Irvine Council Chamber to present seven energy efficiency programs and welcome public input. Given the list of concerns due to the lack of transparency and the lack of […]

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OC Power Authority CEO Brian Probolsky Has No Relevant Experience or Education Drawing Major Concerns

CEO Authorization for $75 Million Energy Transactions Draw Concerns Starting next year, the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) will provide electricity to every energy user in Irvine and three other OC cities that signed up for the program — Fullerton, Buena Park and Huntington Beach. The goal of such programs, called Community Choice Energy (CCE), […]

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Voice of OC – Laguna Beach to Study Leaving Edison for Renewable Energy Program

Laguna Beach to Study Leaving Edison For Renewable Energy Program (voiceofoc.org) Excerpt from the article: But staff also made it clear that just because the OC Power Authority is the closest community choice energy program, it doesn’t mean the city will join the agency. “OCPA presents an easy way for Laguna Beach to participate in […]

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Voice of OC – Orange County Power Authority Criticized for Lack of Transparency

Orange County Power Authority Criticized For Lack Of Transparency (voiceofoc.org) Excerpt from the article: Ayn Craciun, a policy advocate working for the Climate Action Campaign, a key leader in bringing the agency to life in Orange County, most recently raised concerns publicly about the agency’s activities. “These actions we’ve seen are concerning because of the […]

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Orange County Power Authority Operating in the Dark

There was great excitement when the City of Irvine, after several years of effort by local environmental activists, agreed to create a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency and invite other Orange County cities to join in a Joint Power Authority (JPA). This was rightfully hailed as a big step toward greater community control, lower energy […]

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OC Power Authority’s Half-Step Toward Transparency

On April 16, 2021, Irvine Watchdog reported transparency concerns with the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). Meeting videos were not provided on the City of Irvine’s OCPA website as of January 12, 2021. In response to requests from members of the public and Mayor Farrah Khan, Director Mike Carroll announced at the June 9, 2021 OCPA […]

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May 2021 OC Power Authority Meeting Addresses Transparency and Accountability Concerns

The May 11, 2021 OC Power Authority meeting addressed public concerns of transparency due to the omission of meeting videos for the public and accountability of staff members. On April 16, 2021, Irvine Watchdog first reported that none of the meeting videos were provided on the OCPower.org website. The first three meeting videos were provided […]

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Irvine Budgeting Millions To Launch OC Power Authority In Spring 2022

The OC Power Authority will be looking to formalize terms for new cities that may want to join the Power Authority and will review the 2021-22 Fiscal Year budget at tomorrow’s meeting. To attend the May 11, 2021 meeting at 10AM, click on the agenda for Zoom link and details.  Adopt New Member Policy  The […]

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