We are building a Zero Carbon Orange County where every community has
a path to a safe and livable future.
Why We've Expanded to Orange County
> 73% of Orange County residents believe climate change is a serious issue. They want effective climate action now. (Source: Smoller & Moodian 2020)
> Orange County has some of the most at-risk cities from climate change impacts, such as Santa Ana and Anaheim. Low-income and communities of color face the worst of these risks. (Source: Enking 2019) (Source: Tekin 2019)
> Orange County knows Climate Action Campaign wins climate policies. We’ve implemented eight 100% clean energy Climate Action Plans and three Community Choice Energy programs in San Diego County that will dramatically slash emissions. Now we are focused on replicating our success in Orange County.
Community Choice Energy
CAC began working with Irvine residents in 2017 to introduce a bold Climate Action Plan and Community Choice Energy (CCE) to the City of Irvine.
In 2020, we helped establish Orange County Power Authority (OCPA), the region’s first Community Choice Energy program serving Irvine, Buena Park, Huntington Beach, and Fullerton. The County of Orange has also joined the program, which will begin serving customers in 2022.
We have watchdogged the launch of the agency, consistently advocating for transparency, clean energy, and equity. In 2021, we won the creation of OCPA’s Community Advisory Committee to keep the community at the center of the agency
Climate Action Plans
In 2021, we helped Irvine commit to carbon neutrality by 2030. CAC also helped Irvine become one of only three cities in California to qualify for the Cool Block Challenge, signing up dozens of Irvine residents to become Cool Block Leaders.
Through these efforts, Irvine is set to receive $1M to fund the implementation of its climate programs and policies. The Cool Block program will also provide Irvine residents access to $80 million in financing for residential carbon reduction projects including solar panels, electric heat pumps and more. We're working to scale and replicate these wins in other cities throughout Orange County.