City Facilities powered by 100% Green Energy
Manhattan Beach Moves to
100% Clean, Renewable Energy at City Facilities
Municipal Greenhouse Gas Emissions will be Reduced by 44%
Manhattan Beach, CA (May 24, 2019) – On May 21, 2019, the Manhattan Beach City Council voted to have all city facilities powered with 100% clean, renewable energy through the City’s community choice energy program, Clean Power Alliance (CPA).
Selecting 100% Green Power energy enables Manhattan Beach to join other regional jurisdictions in meeting California Senate Bill 100 mandate early, to power 100% of the state's electricity consumption with zero-carbon, clean renewable energy electricity by 2045. About one third of the jurisdictions in CPA selected the 100% Green Power tier for their communities and city power accounts including Culver City, Ojai, Oxnard, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Monica, South Pasadena, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Ventura County, and West Hollywood.
According to the City’s most recent Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory report from April 2019, almost 44% of the City’s municipal emissions come from electricity used in City buildings, facilities, and streetlights, accounting for 1,795 metric tons of CO2 emitted annually. Therefore, moving to 100% Green Power will reduce the City’s municipal emissions by nearly 44%.
Public entities like Manhattan Beach who are part of the CPA have the option to purchase up to 100% renewable electricity procured from non-polluting, clean and renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power, as CPA does not use coal or nuclear power. Unlike fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas, and coal, which cannot be replaced and produce GHG emissions, renewable energy regenerates naturally in a short period of time. The projects that produce CPA’s electricity are located in California and on the western grid.
Over the next two years, the City will be creating Manhattan Beach’s first community-wide Climate Action and Adaptation Plan which will include forecasts of carbon emission scenarios and analyzing the carbon emission reduction and climate adaptation potential of proposed local policies and measures. By embarking on the development of this plan, Manhattan Beach will be joining a global movement of communities doing their part to address climate change. The next few years are critical to reducing carbon emissions to avoid the worst climate change impacts.
The Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is a nonprofit entity and a community choice energy program formed through a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) made up of 31 public agencies across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, working together to bring affordable, clean energy to our communities. CPA purchases clean power and sells it to customers, while Southern California Edison (SCE) is responsible for delivery, billing, and for resolving any electricity service issues. The City joined the Clean Power Alliance in December 2017. More information can be found at www.cleanpoweralliance.org.