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Policy Pulse: November 24th

ACC-OC Extends Warm Wishes!

ACC-OC extends heartfelt wishes to each of you, hoping you had a Thanksgiving filled with joy and gratitude. Here's to a wonderful start to the holidays!


Holiday Reception is Next Week!





As we approach the festive season, we're excited for our upcoming Holiday Reception, presented in partnership with OC Forum, OCPAA, and OC Tax. Join us for an evening of camaraderie, networking, and holiday cheer at the picturesque Big Red Barn at Strawberry Farms in the lovely City of Irvine. To secure your spot and ensure a seamless experience, please take a moment to RSVP






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Join CalOptima Health for a community event focused on addressing the opioid epidemic. Gain insights into the current status of the opioid crisis in Orange County, and understand the nuances of fentanyl and opioid misuse, accidental overdoses, and available treatments. Receive training on the utilization of naloxone, a life-saving medicine designed to revive individuals experiencing an overdose.






SoCalGas: Help Us Manage Our Natural Gas Usage During the Winter Months

With winter just around the corner, SoCalGas wants to share an optional customer test message called the Natural Gas Price Notice they launched just last week! Customers who sign up will receive a text message fromSoCalGas when there is a 20 percent or more increase in the monthly natural gas commodity cost – which impacts a portion of their bills. Learn more and sign up for the Natural Gas Price Notice at socalgas.com/NotifyMe or through My Account and will receive a confirmation text message once their sign-up form is submitted.


This October, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that temperatures were expected to be warmer than last winter, which was unusually cold. While the EIA is predicting a milder winter ahead of us, we continue to encourage customers to take advantage of the tools and options provided by SoCalGas to manage energy consumption and make energy-efficient home improvements to help lower bills.


In addition to approving SoCalGas’ new text message notification, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted in August to increase the maximum storage level allowed at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility from 41.16 billion cubic feet (bcf) to 68.6 bcf, “to enhance energy resiliency and protect ratepayers in Southern California from potential volatile wholesale natural gas prices this upcoming winter.” It also voted to lift limits on when Aliso Canyon could be used to meet customer demand. The CPUC also continues to consider a request from SoCalGas to give customers earlier access to state climate credits to assist with winter bills, by accelerating delivery of those credits from April to February.


SoCalGas has a suite of programs and services that can help customers manage their natural gas usage to help save energy and money. For example, eligible customers may sign up for a Level Pay Plan (LPP) which averages their annual natural gas use and costs over 12 months. There are also assistance programs for eligible customers who are experiencing hardships


SoCalGas's Ways to Save tool may also help customers with energy savings options through a personalized savings plan that offers a household energy analysis, customized energy-efficiency recommendations, bill comparisons, and energy usage comparisons that could help save on natural gas bills. Customers can also sign up for weekly Bill Tracker Alerts to monitor natural gas consumption, take steps to reduce usage, avoid bill surprises, and more.


UPCOMING EVENTS




ACC-OC Infrastructure Tour, Songs Decomissioning Project | Jan. 24th | 8:30AM | RSVP








ACC-OC Policy Dinner: Governing in the Era of AI | Jan. 31 | 5:30PM | RSVP




In Other News

A UC Berkeley article released earlier this month highlights a crucial opportunity for cities and counties in California to access significant state and federal funding for climate change initiatives. The report emphasizes a need for increased investment in smaller jurisdictions to level the playing field for competitive grants. This is a chance for us to contribute to the collective effort of building a sustainable future!


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