• December 7, 2021
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OC Power Authority’s Chief Operating Officer Abruptly Resigns

Yesterday, both the Voice of OC and the OC Register reported, “longtime green-energy advocate Antonia Castro-Graham abruptly resigned as chief operating officer for the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) on Friday, Dec. 3, amid reports of a tense standoff with the utility’s CEO and concerns of ongoing conflicts between the two.” The Voice of OC […]

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Opinion: To Protect Irvine Children, City Council Must Bring 100% Clean Energy to Irvine

Irvine has always beckoned parents and children with the promise of a thriving future through its schools and other amenities, and prides itself on being the safest city in the United States. However, four of the Irvine city council members have not used the most powerful tool they have to protect young people from the […]

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Bully In The OC Power Authority Boardroom?

OC Power Authority CEO Brian Probolsky, who was already the subject of scrutiny due to his lack of experience  in the energy industry, lack of college degree, and his record of ethics violations, drew even more attention to himself last week with his treatment of a female employee, COO Antonia Castro-Graham, during the November 9th OCPA […]

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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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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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