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Senior Advisor

Green energy meets reality

Big Algore is is going to get even madder about those boiling oceans. And poor poor poor little greta. How dare they. They've ripped her of her childhood. Bad bad heartless councilmen. Or council people. Some of them might be too stupid to know if they are a boy or a girl.



As California goes, so goes the nation, or so they say. If that rings true, the nation is set for a reversal of some of its strictest renewable energy plans, after the Huntington Beach City Council voted to dump its plan for 100% renewable energy...

Huntington Beach, California, is changing the plan it had in place with the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) - a nonprofit offering clean energy.

But its recent history in a rather unfavorable media limelight has given the city council pause.

And Huntington Beach wasn’t the first municipality to pull out - Orange County bailed on the green power authority, citing transparency concerns and a series of ugly audits, and allegations that the authority failed to inform the public that their electricity bills were increasing. Orange County was set to begin receiving green power from the authority by the end of this year. The cost of having the county pull out is estimated to be around $65 million.

For Huntington Beach, there were three plans before it when considering a change in plan:

  1. to keep the 100% renewable energy plan as is,

  2. to go with a “Smart Choice” plan offering 69% renewable energy,

  3. or the “Basic Choice” plan that offered 38% renewable energy.

They opted for the Basic Choice plan in a vote of 4-3.

The city council’s change of plan drew criticism from some, while the council argued that the money saved from the pull-out could be better used on other projects, such as enforcing laws around homelessness.