IBEW 569 Position on Reaching 100% Renewable Energy and CCEs / CCAs

November 3, 2017

 

IBEW Local 569 represents over 3400 electricians, power professionals and working families in San Diego and Imperial County, and our Union has been a long-time proponent of a clean energy future - locally and statewide. We are strongly in support of the City of San Diego reaching their 100% clean energy goal by 2035.

IBEW 569 believes the greatest benefits of meeting this goal is to not only reduce our air pollution and address climate change, but to ensure our energy investments strengthen our communities.

Luckily we know how to do this though.

We stand with our partners in support of the City of San Diego moving forward in developing a new system of energy that prioritizes our community.

We urge the City of San Diego to adopt these principles for inclusion in the City of San Diego’s 100% renewable energy program, whether it is through a utility, municipal program, CCA or another provider or program

If the City moves forward with developing a Community Choice Energy (CCE, also known as a CCA) system, it must meet the following goals (additional details are outlined here and below):

  • First, customers should be able to easily get clean energy reporting from the CCEs that shows clean energy comes from Category 1 of the State Renewable Portfolio System and are a Qualified Renewable Resource. This means there will be no purchase of Renewable Energy Credits to meet our goals. There needs to be full disclosure and transparency on the energy that has been procured with all customers of the CCE.

  • Second, the energy procured must be from union generated sources of clean energy. Additionally, the CCE needs to have a Project Labor Agreement and support good-paying local jobs - and sign neutrality agreement in an event that employees wish to unionize.

  • The CCE needs to adopt a Community Benefits Agreement to include local projects and local hiring and prioritize projects that reduce emissions in disadvantaged communities that rank in the top 25 percent of CalEnviroScreen’s ranking for San Diego region communities.

  • The CCE must develop a resource plan that integrates supply-side resources with programs that will help customers reduce their energy costs through improved energy efficiency and other demand-side measures.

  • Lastly, the CCE needs to determine workforce impacts related to this transition for existing employees in our current energy system and then work to transition these workers to new roles.

By implementing these criteria, a CCE will not only be a success for the City of San Diego and our community but will set the gold standard for other future energy systems.

We will continue to support meeting our 100% clean energy goal.


Principles for Worker Friendly Implementation of a 100% Renewable Energy Program in City of San Diego

Include the language below in the 100% Renewable Energy Program Implementation Plan.

Whether a utility, municipal program, CCA or another provider or program, providers and subcontractors shall:

  1. Energy Identification: Inform customers of the percentage of renewable, greenhouse-gas-free electricity offered. Power may be labeled as “clean” or “green” if it comes from renewable energy generated from solar, wind, geothermal and other eligible renewable energy resources in California and defined by California law in the Public Utilities Code as Category

  1. Exclude RECs: Provide renewable energy from actual renewable sources customers can trust while creating union jobs in the community for local workers. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) undermine these goals. There is no guarantee power content that includes voluntary RECs is clean or green therefore it must not be marketed as “clean” or “green” so as not to mislead the public.

  1. Communication to Consumers: Send at least three written notices to potential customers, and each notice will include a description of the percentage of the power mix that comes from California solar, wind, geothermal, small hydro-electric or other state certified green power sources.

  1. Creating Union Jobs: Procure power from union-generated sources; employ unionized customer service representatives; sign Project Labor Agreements on each Power Generation Project; sign Project Labor Agreements on Energy Efficiency Projects/Programs; agree in writing to neutrality in the event employees or subcontractor employees wish to unionize.

  1. Community Benefits: Sign Community Benefits Agreements to include local projects and local hiring and prioritizing projects, programs and actions to reduce emissions in disadvantaged communities that rank in the top 25 percent of CalEnviroScreen’s ranking for San Diego region communities.

  1. Local Project Build-Out: Emphasize development of new renewable resources from proven developers in San Diego and adjacent counties and strictly limit the use of non-renewable energy sources that are recognized under the California RPS to the amount permitted as “Qualified Renewable Resource.”

  1. Energy Efficiency: Develop a resource plan that integrates supply-side resources with programs that will help customers reduce their energy costs through improved energy efficiency and other demand-side measures. As part of this integrated resource plan, actively pursue, promote and ultimately administer a variety of customer energy efficiency programs that can cost-effectively displace supply-side resources.

  1. Workforce Impacts: Determine if the program will 1) result in negative impacts for employees of the incumbent utility (including layoffs, work hour reductions, etc.) and 2) if the wages, fringe benefits and job protections are similar to those offered by the utility to employees in comparable job classifications.

 

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