What is SCPPA?


Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), with headquarters in Glendora, California, is a joint powers agency comprised of eleven municipal utilities and one irrigation district. SCPPA's members consist of the municipal utilities of Anaheim, Azusa, Banning, Burbank, Cerritos, Colton, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Riverside, Vernon and the Imperial Irrigation District. Together they deliver electricity to over 2 million customers in the Southern California basin, spanning an area of 7,000 square miles, and with a total population that exceeds 5 million.

Formed in 1980, SCPPA was created for the purpose of providing joint financing, construction and operation of transmission and generation projects. Today, SCPPA fulfills a broad range of services for its members by providing effective forums of collaboration through committees such as: Customer Service, Finance, Public Benefits, Resource Planning, Transmission and Distribution, Engineering and Operations, Natural Gas, and Renewable Energy Resources. 

In order to Support its primary purpose, SCPPA is also involved in legislative advocacy, contracting for support services, information sharing, training and regulatory monitoring on behalf of its members. 

SCPPA's twelve members are proud to be public power utilities, customer-based, locally-controlled, and vertically-integrated, who retain the obligation to serve and plan for all the customers in their territories. In these times of change and uncertainty, it is important to realize all of the things that they are:

·          SCPPA members are non-profit; They are owned by their local customers.

·          They are governed locally, not regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the California Public Utilities Commission.

·          They are vertically integrated, responsible for power supply, transmission, and customer service.

·          They are meeting their legally mandated obligation to serve by planning to meet the long-term needs of their customers. 

·          They are optimizing their energy supply resources: coal, nuclear, natural gas, a hydro, geothermal and emerging renewable resource gives protection from price volatility.  

·          They are providing aggressive, local demand-side management programs to encourage conservation and energy efficiency.

·          The twelve SCPPA members, along with their counterparts in the northern part of the state, provide approximately one third of the electricity used in California. 

·          And finally, they are here to stay. Public power has a history of more than 100 years in Southern California, and continues to be viable and strong. 


SCPPA currently has more than thirty-six projects and transmission projects in operation, generating and bringing power from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. In addition, SCPPA owns natural gas reserves in Wyoming and Texas.


SCPPA projects have been financed through the issuance of taxable and tax-exempt bonds, backed by the combined credit of the SCPPA members participating in each project. As of June 30, 2015, SCPPA had issued $14.7 billion in bonds, notes and refunding bonds, of which $3.36 billion was outstanding.


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