The Carlsbad City Council is voting on an important next step toward Community Choice Energy this Tuesday. Please join us at the meeting and send a message to the Council beforehand.
As you know from this website, Community Choice is a non-profit electricity provider that a city, or group of cities, can create to gain control over the type of energy that keeps our lights on and the rates we pay for it. It's the most powerful tool a city government has to reduce greenhouse gases and to pursue 100% clean energy. We would have a choice instead of the monopoly SDG&E, the behemoth that was more than happy to push a new fossil fuel power plant on Carlsbad while charging electricity customers $2.2 billion to pay for it.
This Tuesday the Carlsbad City Council will decide whether or not to participate in a Community Choice technical study with other north coastal cities, a vital step on the way to making a decision about forming a new Community Choice electricity provider. No surprise to you, our wonderful Carlsbad volunteer team is pushing for a big turnout of Carlsbad folks to persuade the city council. Please consider attending and inviting more people.
Meeting Time and Place
The meeting is Tuesday, July 11 at City Hall: here is a map. It begins at 6:00 p.m. However, Community Choice is the last agenda item. If you arrive at 6:00 you risk sitting there a long time waiting for our agenda item. After reviewing the other agenda items and discussing their likely length with the City Clerk's office, we recommend that you arrive at 7:30 p.m.
Emails to the City Council
Whether or not you can go, please send an email to the council specifically about voting in favor of the study--and ask some Carlsbad friends and family to do the same. Here is a Sierra Club ready-made message that will go straight to all council members: sc.org/Carlsbad. This is a shortlink that you can email to people and post on social media. Also, anybody can enter this shortlink in the address (URL) bar when on the web---via their phone, iPad, or home computer---and it will go straight to the message. These messages need to get in by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. Only people with Carlsbad addresses will be able to use it.
Every resident, school, and business in Carlsbad could have a clean energy choice instead of a fossil fuel monopoly. Let's do this, Carlsbad!