Eblast: January 13, 2016

  • Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s 47th Annual Meeting
  • Local Energy Symposium asks the Question:Is Community Choice Aggregation the Smart Renewable Option for our Communities?
Saturday, Jan. 23, 11:30-3:30pm. Reception from 11:30 to 12:00 includes a lite-lunch.
Location: Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
In conjunction with the California Desert Coalition (CDC), MBCA will present a Local Energy Symposium following a brief Annual Meeting. Presenters will share how other California communities are using the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) structure authorized under California’s Assembly Bill 117 to buy green / renewable energy for their own citizens and ask the question: 
Is Community Choice Aggregation the Smart Renewable Option for the Morongo Basin?
Keynote speaker, Engineer Bill Powers is the founder of the San Diego Energy District Foundation, and is one of the country's most respected engineers in utility and energy resource management. Shaping strategy to achieve renewable energy objectives for the country's leading public and investor-owned utilities. He will present the report created for the CDC that outlines the resources and opportunities within the Morongo Basin to locally generate rooftop solar.
Woody Hastings, the Renewable Energy Implementation Manager for the Center for Climate Protection in Santa Rosa, will discuss Sonoma County’s successes with the one of the very first CCAs in California, Sonoma Clean Power.  He is an energy and environmental policy analyst, strategic planner, and community organizer with over 28 years of experience in the non-profit, governmental, and private sectors.
Barbara Boswell, Director of both Choice Energy and Finance Departments for the City of Lancaster, will detail Lancaster’s successful CCA program including ratepayer cost savings. Boswell recently noted, “We’ve only been a full-fledged electricity provider for a couple of months and we’ve already saved Lancaster residents and business owners thousands of dollars on their energy bills.”

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