• October 16, 2021
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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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Huntington Beach Votes Yes, Lake Forest Will Vote Later, Santa Ana Says “No Rush” on Key Climate Program  

Three cities discussed whether to participate in the new, not-for-profit Orange County Power Authority last week with mixed results. HUNTINGTON BEACH The Huntington Beach City Council on Monday, February 1, voted to stay in the new, not-for-profit Orange County Power Authority (OCPA), which promises to bring competition, clean energy, and local control to the OC […]

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Irvine City Council Votes for Three Climate Initiatives at Nov. 10 Meeting

New nonprofit public energy agency, climate action plan, and strategic energy plan all move forward after Irvine election favors climate-friendly candidates At its November 10 meeting, the Irvine City Council voted unanimously in favor of three programs that promise to bring clean energy, competitive energy pricing and a climate-resilient future to the city. The votes […]

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Two Major Climate Votes on Irvine Council Agenda Nov. 10

More EVs and EV chargers for Irvine: According to Irvine’s staff report on Community Choice Energy (CCE), most California CCEs offer residents electric vehicle incentives such as chargers and rebates along with an alternative to SoCal Edison for energy customers.With votes still being counted in Irvine’s city council election, the city’s two most important climate-related programs will come before […]

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Opinion: Irvine Seeks Partner Cities As It Takes Another Step Toward Community Choice Energy 

Outpouring of public support and SoCal Edison rate increase urge Council forward With a unanimous vote on July 14, the Irvine City Council took another step toward bringing Community Choice Energy (CCE) to Orange County.  CCE is prized by many as a municipality’s quickest path to 100% clean energy, enabling local officials to choose cleaner […]

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Opinion: Delays Threaten Key Irvine Climate/Energy Initiative

Irvine residents deserve an explanation for continued delays to Community Choice Energy (CCE), a program that promises to bring cleaner energy, consumer savings, an alternative to monopoly SoCal Edison, and a host of other benefits to the city and its residents. These delays cannot be blamed on COVID-19 or recent protests. City staff has a […]

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Another Step Closer to Community Choice Energy for Irvine?

Community Choice Energy (CCE) is a program that offers residents an alternative choice for electric energy sources while seeking to bring local control and competition into the electricity marketplace. The City of Irvine approved an initial CCE Feasibility Study and Technical Assessment (Feasibility Study) that was completed on January 16, 2020 and the City Council […]

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Council Members Approve Bringing Community Choice Energy to Irvine

The Irvine City Council voted unanimously to bring Community Choice Energy (CCE) to Irvine and to create and lead a Joint Power Authority with other Orange County cities. Motion that was passed: Staff to secure the interests of other CCE-JPA partner cities in Orange County and ask staff to return with preliminary joint powers authority formation […]

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Finance Commission Recommends a Joint Option for Energy Choice in Irvine

“Community Choice Energy (CCE) [also know as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)] programs serve as an alternative to the traditional Investor Owned Utility power procurement process, allowing local governments to purchase electricity and sell it to consumers at competitive rates. CCE programs have successfully lowered electricity rates to their business, residential, and municipal customers, and generally […]

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