On October 17, 2017, Mothers Out Front presented the case for Community Choice Energy (CCE) to Tustin City Council. This was the first time a community organization was asked to present CCE to a city council in Orange County!
What is Community Choice Energy?
Here’s the scoop on what Community Choice Energy does:
Cities (or groups of cities) set up a non-profit entity to purchase electricity for residents and businesses.
Empowers the community to decide where their electricity is generated.
Reduces a city’s carbon footprint by as much as half.
Stabilizes rates by introducing competition into the electricity market.
Can offer residents additional rebates on electric vehicles or invest in other programs like community solar to lower utility costs for renters
So far over 63 cities and nine counties have adopted CCE in California. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) estimates that as many as 85% of customers in California could be served by CCE by the mid-2020s. Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach are three cities in Orange County who are moving ahead with a CCE feasibility study.
As moms, we welcome CCE because we know transitioning to clean energy quickly is vital to protecting our kids’ future. We want to make clean energy choices, but right now we don’t get a choice about where our electricity is generated. Community Choice Energy gives us that choice, and can even cost less!
Mothers Out Front meets with Council Member Letitia Clark on March 30, 2017
We first proposed the idea to the Tustin City Council during a meeting with Council Member Letitia Clark on March 30, 2017.
We tabled at the Tustin Chili Cookoff on June 4th, 2017 to spread the word about CCE and gather signatures for our CCE petition.
Tabling at the 2017 Tustin Chili Cookoff to spread the word about CCE
Mothers Out Front meets with Tustin Mayor Dr. Allan Bernstein June 21, 2017
On June 21st Mayor Dr. Allan Bernstein took time (between patients) to meet with us and discuss CCE. By this point the city was already bringing in experts to find out more.
Next we met with City Council member Chuck Puckett in August.
Mothers Out Front meets with Tustin City Council Member Chuck Puckett, August 2017
In September, Councilmember Clark asked us to contact the City Clerk to be put on the agenda to give an informational presentation to the Council.
Mothers Out Front meets with Tustin City Manager Jeff Parker September 30, 2017
The City Manager requested a meeting with our team before we could be put on the agenda, so we met with him September. He agreed to put us on the agenda for October 17th!
Canyon Fire 2 at Newport and Chapman, October 9, 2017 (photo credit Michelle Everett)
Just a week before our presentation, parts of Tustin were affected by the Canyon Fire 2. Many of our team members had to evacuate our homes and a few had embers raining down in their yards! Fortunately our houses were all safe, but our favorite hiking spot, Peter’s Canyon, burned and 23 homes were destroyed in nearby Anaheim and Orange.
Making sunshines, October 12, 2017 at Bent Tree Park in North Tustin, three days after we all evacuated due to the Canyon 2 Fire
Even with all the drama of the fire and evacuation, a few days later several moms and kids gathered after school October 12th to make sunshine signs to take to the council meeting. Having just experienced a wildfire firsthand, our mission seemed more important than ever.
Mothers Out Front and community members showing support for CCE at the October 17, 2017 Tustin City Council Meeting
We presented on October 17th and twenty three people came out in support of CCE! We asked Tustin to pursue a feasibility study to see if CCE is viable for Tustin.
The Council did not vote at the meeting and as of November 27 they still have not indicated when they might ask the City Manager to pursue a study. We hope they will join Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach in making CCE a priority. Until that happens, we will continue to build support for it in the community!
If you would like to join us in asking Tustin City Council to pursue clean energy solutions like CCE, please sign our petition and sign up at the links below.
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