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North Coastal Cities Issue Request for Proposal for a CCE Technical Study

The official announcement is out! Consultants with Community Choice Energy expertise may submit bids to conduct a Community Choice technical study for the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside. It is customary for cities that are exploring the formation of a Community Choice electricity provider to hire a consulting firm with expertise in the electricity utility industry to do a technical (a.k.a. feasibility) study. Consider it due diligence.

The full Request for Proposal is available through http://www.encinitasca.gov/bids. It was posted on the City of Encinitas website on September 15, and bidders have until October 13 to submit their proposals.

The City of San Diego, which is also exploring Community Choice, completed their study this summer. The conclusion was: DO IT! San Diego’s mayor and city council are scheduled to make a final decision at the beginning of next year. Meanwhile, here in our region, once the north coastal study is complete (and we presume with favorable results!), each city council will vote on whether or not to join together in launching our new electricity provider.

The north coastal cities are asking respondents to determine the feasibility of Community Choice Energy, including various options for development and implementation, as well as potential costs, risks, and benefits. A major goal is to determine whether a CCE program could be established for our communities that would meet the greenhouse gas emissions commitments of the partner cities while keeping electricity rates comparable to or lower than those of the local utility, San Diego Gas & Electric.

More specifically, the cities want to:

  1. Determine whether Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Del Mar could reasonably expect to establish and operate a successful CCE program based upon a set of electricity supply scenarios;
  2. Determine to what extent the CCE program could offer renewable energy to residents and businesses and help achieve each city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals;
  3. Provide options as to how a CCE program could be structured, managed and successfully implemented; and
  4. Evaluate the potential risks and benefits associated with forming a CCE program, including the environmental, financial, economic, legal and technical implications.

The cities are also asking that the study provide adequate detail to inform the possible future preparation of a CCE Implementation Plan that could be certified by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).