Ojai residents may soon have a choice when it comes to electric providers

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai City Council voted unanimously Nov. 28 to direct city staff to draft an urgency ordinance that would allow the city of Ojai to join the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE) program.
LACCE is a community choice aggregation program (CCA) that represents a collective of local governments, including Los Angeles County. LACCE’s members collectively buy and/or generate renewable electricity for their residents and businesses.
If approved, Ojai customers could continue to purchase electricity from Southern California Edison (SCE) or buy it from LACCE. 
LACCE would source its Ojai customers’ power while SCE would be responsible for power transmission, infrastructure maintenance and billing, said LACCE representative Matt Skolnik.
An urgency ordinance is required for the city of Ojai to join the collective since the deadline to join the program with no cost is Dec. 27, according to a staff report by Ojai City Manager Steve McClary.

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