Our Power, Our Choice

Jacob outlines ambitious plan for County-wide CCE in San Diego

Excerpted from The Coast News, February 7, 2019; by Aaron Burgin

San Diego County is poised to become the next agency to move toward energy independence from San Diego Gas & Electric, Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dianne Jacob announced during her State of the County Address.

Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dianne Jacob, a vocal critic of SDG&E, stated that the county would be looking to work with all of the cities to potentially form a regional CCE network. Photo: Coast News

Jacob said that she and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher would bring a proposal for a countywide community choice energy plan, becoming the ninth agency in the county to explore the independent energy market.

“It’s time the County of San Diego does the same,” Jacob said after naming the eight cities working on CCE plans — Encinitas, La Mesa, Santee, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Del Mar, Carlsbad and San Diego. Solana Beach became the first city in the county to successfully launch a CCE program late last year.

CCEs, also known as community choice aggregation, refers to the process in which a jurisdiction forms an entity that buys power on the open market — as opposed to from a utility company — and chooses the source of power based on the community input. Jacob, a vocal critic of SDG&E, stated that the county would be looking to work with all of the cities to potentially work on a regional CCE network.

She previously tried to bring forth a CCE proposal to the county, but none of her colleagues at the time seconded the motion.

COMMENTARY ADDED BY CCE NORTH COASTAL: With reference to Supervisor Jacob's previous proposal, Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, insensitive to her ratepayer constituents paying SDG&E's monopolistic rates, or to the need to fast-track renewable energy, made her infamous let-them-eat-cake statement, "What's the rush?" Ms. Gaspar is up for re-election in 2020.