Our Power, Our Choice

Big Vote on Wednesday for Community Choice Energy

Plans are moving forward for local Community Choice Energy (CCE), with a crucial date looming next week. The next step for a CCE is for each north coastal city to decide whether to participate in a technical study of how a local CCE would operate. The City of Encinitas has prepared a proposal package for the Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, and Oceanside city councils to consider and vote on, and the Del Mar council voted unanimously for the proposal on June 5. The next vote will be by the Encinitas City Council on Wednesday, June 28.

Please note that the Wednesday, June 28 Encinitas City Council meeting starts at 6pm; Our previous information of a 4pm start was incorrect.😳

According the the package that Encinitas sent to the other interested cities, “a CCE technical feasibility study would examine the viability and desirability of forming a regional CCE, taking into account the various economic, environmental, climate action, and community goals of each city. The CCE technical feasibility study would analyze each city’s historical electric utility usage data (from SDG&E), and would forecast future energy costs, grid reliability and sustainability, based upon an array of potential energy sourcing mixes that a CCE program may elect to provide.”

Technical studies are typically prepared by consulting firms with demonstrated expertise in the engineering and economic aspects of the electric utility industry. There are any number of firms qualified to prepare a study because of past experience with the dozen CCEs now operational or soon to launch in California. The process that the local cities are voting on will be to put out a Request for Proposal to such firms, and then choose the firm to prepare the study from among the respondents.

For all of us who want a local CCE, we need to show our support to the Encinitas City Council for the vote on Wednesday. Here is what you can do: First, send an email to all Council Members at [email protected]. Say that you support a YES vote on the resolution authorizing the actions necessary to prepare a CCE technical feasibility study. Then, on Wednesday if you are able, please attend the Council meeting—a large attendance will be a clear message of community support. Remember that it starts a 4pm, not 6pm! And send us an email if you need more information.

City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers of the Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.