Isn’t it Time for Irvine to Pull the Plug on OCPA?
For years, climate scientists have urged us to transition to greener, cleaner energy because it’s the right thing to do to protect the environment. And, clean energy has the added benefit of being cheaper. Sounds like a win-win, right?
So, why are Irvine ratepayers being forced to pay higher rates for cleaner electricity? That’s the question that Councilmember Larry Agran has been asking since he rejoined the Council in December 2020.
According to the Southern California Edison (SCE) website, Irvine residential customers are being charged, on average, $30.52 more every month by the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) for the same 100% renewable electricity that SCE provides. That means that, on average, Irvine families are now paying $366.24 more in electricity costs each year … and getting absolutely nothing for it.