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OCPA Provides Little Information to Ratepayers and City Officials

With the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) preparing to begin residential electricity service on October 1st, required notices are being sent out to Irvine residents.

However, the notices contain no understandable rate information and include scant mention of the right of ratepayers to "opt-out" of the new OCPA plan.

OCPA was originally billed by proponents —  Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmembers Mike Carroll and Anthony Kuo — as being a cleaner and cheaper alternative to Southern California Edison (SCE), the utility that supplies power to the region. However, a rate structure unveiled by OCPA in January showed its customers will pay more than SCE ratepayers for the same percentages of clean power.

All Irvine ratepayers are going to be automatically switched to OCPA’s highest-paying rate plan in October, unless they exercise their right to opt for cheaper plans or "out-out" of OCPA altogether and remain with SCE.

Arts in Irvine

Meet Two Irvine Jazz Trailblazers

When I invited two gifted Irvine jazz musicians — Celine You and her husband Forest Muther — to join me on my patio for lunch and an interview, I got lucky. The weather was ideal, my table overlooking Shady Canyon was set, and they showed up.

Veterans Corner

  • Health & Safety

The Latest Update on COVID-19 & Vaccines for Young Children

While fully vaccinated/boosted individuals are less likely to experience severe disease requiring hospitalization, Orange County is now considered a "high transmission area" with hundreds and hundreds of new cases and re-infections of COVID-19 being reported across the County every day.

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LATEST COVID-19 STATS

648,871

Cases in OC

 

291

Now Hospitalized

 

7,262

Deaths in OC

 

47,982

Cases in Irvine

 

172

Deaths in Irvine

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