In the hopes of clarifying questions regarding the city’s clean energy program that promises to put South Pasadena on the “Green” sustainable power map, officials have scheduled a town hall meeting next month.

The town hall is scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 13, at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St. Residents are encouraged to attend, city officials said.

South Pasadena residents beginning in February will be able to purchase sustainable energy such as solar and wind power through Southern California Edison (SCE) because the city has joined the Clean Power Alliance (CPA). As it progresses toward its goal of using 100 percent sustainable, non-fossil-fuel sources for its power needs, the city intends the community meeting to address any outstanding concerns residents might have.

South Pasadena is one of eight cities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties that will be purchasing energy from sustainable, non-fossil-fuel sources and making it available to residents by way of the CPA.

The CPA will purchase renewable energy such as solar and wind power and make it available to residents and businesses by way of the SCE. The Alliance is an organization formed by Los Angeles and Ventura counties and will be serving about 1 million customers, including South Pasadena commercial and municipal customers.

The energy will be delivered by SCE starting in February, according to city officials. The SCE February bills will have the CPA charges listed. If a customer does not want to be a part of the program they can opt out, according to city officials.

City officials have long said they want So Pas to be 100 percent reliant on this type of clean, sustainable energy and joining the alliance was the next step.

The first chair of the CPA board, South Pasadena City Councilwoman Diana Mahmud, explained the new program in an earlier email to The Review that appeared in the Jan. 18 print edition. That story explained the new program in its entirety and can be found on Page 1 of that issue.

“I’m very proud our City Council decided to join the Clean Power Alliance, and to select the 100 percent renewable energy ‘Green’ option as the default selection for our residents,” Mahmud said. “It’s the easiest way for our residents to take personal responsibility for addressing the impacts of climate change attributable to their consumption of electricity, which is the second leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in our city.”

City officials encourage the public to attend the meeting that will feature officials from CPA. The meeting is designed to answer any and all questions regarding the new energy program.

Moreover, additional information regarding CPA is available at CPA’s call center at (888) 585.3788 and on the South Pasadena website, www.southpasadena.gov. 

 

Steve Whitmore
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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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