To solar users Clean Power Alliance Service area: We recommend that you opt out of Clean Power Alliance right away. The deadline is March 31. You can opt-out of Clean Power Alliance by calling 888-585-3788.
Why are we recommending this? After looking into this, it appears that Clean Power Alliance has not worked out key details of transitioning residential solar users from Southern California Edison to Clean Power Alliance. If you stay with Clean Power Alliance, you will receive two true-up bills in 2019. One from Edison for one set of charges on your normal net metering anniversary date. And one in April from the Clean Power Alliance on a different set of charges. You will still be charged by Edison for your electricity use the entire year, but your net metering “true-up date” will be reset to April. This will be both confusing, and also may cause you to lose some of your net metering credits in the transition.
If you happen to know your Edison true-up date, and if it happens to be between January and April, and you wish to be a part of the Clean Power Alliance, then it is probably OK for you to stay with Clean Power Alliance. However, if your true-up date is any other month, or don’t know your true-up date, then we advise you to opt-out. Here is a primer on True-Up.
You will have an opportunity to switch back to Clean Power Alliance at later date if you wish to do so.
Territories switching to Clean Power Alliance include the unincorporated area of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and the following cities: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Carson, Claremont, Culver City, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Paramount, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Simi Valley, South Pasadena, Temple City, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, West Hollywood and Whittier.
For solar users in other areas being switched to other local electricity providers, we don’t have enough information yet to make recommendations to you.
By way of background, the Clean Power Alliance is one of almost 20 “community choice aggregators“, a relatively new way for localities to have more control over the cost and source of local electricity. Local governments can choose to establish a local Community Choice program as an alternative to the utility.
We’re still trying to understand if these programs are better, worse or the same for solar users. Let us know what you’re experiencing.