At the Southern California Regional Energy Network’s (SoCalREN) 10-year anniversary
celebration, public agencies were invited to listen and learn about issues affecting California’s
energy sector. The City of Palmdale’s Innovation and Environmental Manager Benjamin Lucha
spoke on the SoCalREN Success Story panel along with 4 panelists from other agencies across
the state.

The SoCalREN Success Story panel highlighted energy pioneers and industry leaders who are
accelerating the transition to clean energy. Panelists shared their stories and work throughout
their community to highlight efforts that make a cleaner and greener future possible.

“I’d like to thank SoCalREN for hosting such a terrific event and for being such a valued partner
over the years,” said Lucha. “It was an honor to participate in a thoughtful leadership
conversation. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future to continue executing
impactful projects that align with Palmdale’s energy efficiency goals.”

Benjamin Lucha has worked with the City of Palmdale for over 16 years and has extensive
experience in managing projects and grant programs. He advocated for local regional grants to
address illegal dumping and spearheaded the acquisition of 18,000 streetlights and retrofitting
all of the lights to light emitting diode (LED) lights, to ensure that they were compliant with the
American Medical Association and Dark Skies initiative. He also was a key leader in
establishing the City’s CCA program, Energy for Palmdale’s Independent Choice (EPIC).

“The work Lucha produces exemplifies what it means to be a sustainable leader,” CalChoice
Executive Director Jason Caudle. “We continue to see the City and its community choice
aggregation (CCA) program, EPIC, pursue opportunities that will strengthen the environment
and bring benefits to its residents. The City of Palmdale should be proud of the work and
dedication made by each staff member.”

To learn more about SoCalREN, visit: And to see what EPIC and the
City of Palmdale has in store for a sustainable future, visit: