Power Source is Community’s Choice
Wednesday, February 09, 2022
Businesses and residents in Irvine — along with those of Buena Park, Fullerton, and Huntington Beach — have an option to choose whether they would like to utilize 100% renewable power offered through the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) or remain with Southern California Edison (SCE) for their electrical power.
On Feb. 8, the Irvine City Council unanimously approved the Orange County Power Authority as the default power profile for residential and commercial service for 100% renewable energy choice.
All Irvine residents and businesses will be, by default, powered by OCPA unless they choose to opt out. According to the City of Irvine, OCPA is set to begin delivering power for commercial customers in April 2022 and residential customers in October 2022.
OCPA rates for residential customers that use 425 kWh of power per month are estimated to be 5.6% higher than SCE rates. For example, the resident would pay $6.38 per month more for 100% renewable energy through OCPA than the current SCE rates.
*Rates for commercial customers:
- that use 900 kWh of power per month is estimated to be 6.2% higher than SCE rates. For example, the business would pay $13.50 per month more for 100% renewable energy through OCPA than the current SCE rates.
- that use 90,000 kWh of power per month is estimated to be 7.2% higher than SCE rates. For example, the business would pay $1,350 per month more than the current SCE rates.
- that use 400,000 kWh of power per month is estimated to be 7.3% higher than SCE rates. For example, the business would pay $6,000 per month more than the current SCE rates.
*source: City of Irvine
Commercial customers can opt out of OCPA up to 5 business days before April 1 to remain with SCE.
The City of Irvine will pay a $394,471 per year increase in electricity costs for the 100% Renewable Energy Choice option.
Irvine is one of the founding members of the OCPA, and the City has taken a leading role in establishing the first Community Choice Energy (CCE) program in Orange County.
Reasons to choose 100% renewable energy include supporting local energy projects, workforce development, and community programs to strengthen Orange County and its future. According to OCPA, when demand for clean energy goes up, OCPA gains greater leverage to negotiate better rates.
For more information, visit OCPower.org.
Category: Sustainability, City of Irvine, Orange County