Huntington Beach Backtracks on Renewable Energy

The Huntington Beach City Council voted to alter its contract with the troubled Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) on Jan. 17. The city is switching from a 100% renewable energy plan to the "Basic Choice" plan, which offers at least 38% renewable energy. 

City officials say the move will save $200,000 a year. That’s not worth the environmental cost, critics say.

The City Council did consider breaking ties with OCPA entirely, as the County of Orange recently did. City staff recommended further study of the issue.

The vote to adopt OCPA’s “Basic Choice” plan was 4-3.

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