In 2019, the previous City Council will be headed by the current mayor Farra Khannow vice mayor Anthony Kuo and current city council member Mike Carroll – decided to join the city of Irwin to the Orange County Authority (OCPA).
Carol is the chairman of the six-member OCPA board, and Khan is also a board member. (Both Carol and Khan are compensated for their positions on the OCPA board.)
This year, each a business operating in the city of Irvine and each The Irvine household will be transferred from their current electricity supplier, Southern California Edison (SCE), and enrolled in the OCPA plan.
In April, all businesses from Irvine were transferred to the new OCPA plan, and commercial customers now pay as much as 6% more every month for their electricity use. In October, all Irvine households will be transferred from SCE to OCPA with a similar price increase.
Khan, Kuo and Carol also voted to create Irwin’s OCPA taxpayer money fund by 2022. So far, $ 7.7 million has been transferred to the OCPA without detailed financial information provided to the city. The OCPA did not receive information on power purchase agreements, nor on the hiring of staff, consultants and lawyers. According to the agency’s website, the projected losses of the Power Authority for 2022 and 2023 will be a staggering $ 42 million.
Last month, a member of the Board Larry Agran restored his repeated demand that a full report on the status of the OCPA be presented at a public meeting of the city council. Due to the unpopular “Rule of Two” mayor – requires support from another member of the Council – Agrana’s latest request was not on the agenda of the Council’s meeting on 12 May.
For the past year Agran has been only a member of the city council to ask questions about OCPA activities and get details on how Irwin’s taxpayers ’money is spent in government. In fact, the other members of the Council seem to be working in concert. left each of Agrana’s inquiries regarding the OCPA from the city council meeting agenda.
A slideshow was presented during the OCPA monthly meeting on May 3 as part of the staff report. The report states that during April, 71% of commercial customers remained in the “standard” OCPA electricity plan (100% renewable); 18% abandoned the plan 69% of renewable energy; and 11% “refused” to 38% of renewables.
Two of Irwin’s largest electricity consumers – the Irwin Ranch Water District and the Irwin United School District – have publicly stated that they have “abandoned” the OCPA altogether.
Despite the question, the OCPA has not released a list of commercial customers who have resigned or have resigned from the Power Authority.