Our Power, Our Choice

Last Week was BIG for Community Choice

A lot of good news came out last week. Monday started off with the announcement by SDG&E that they are withdrawing their offer of an alternative, "green energy" option to San Diego. Perhaps they had inside information about Mayor Faulconer's Thursday announcement that the city will move forward to develop a Community Choice Aggregate (CCA) program! This is BIG NEWS for our entire region. It will hopefully influence other communities to join in to give their residents choices for clean electricity at lower costs!

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, left, shakes the hand of Assemblyman Todd Gloria, after he announced support for community choice aggregation program that would provide a government run alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (photo: K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

A few choice quotes from Mayor Faulconer: 
“San Diego can become a greener city, while at the same time lowering costs for our ratepayers.”
“The bottom line is that we are creating a fair and open marketplace. People may choose SDG&E. They may choose the (CCA). But the point is they can choose.”

The news made a big splash. There are many places to read about the details of the announcement and the projections of the impact of this decision:

the Sierra Club’s official response:
Today’s decision is a good step on San Diego’s path towards 100 percent clean energy. By listening to San Diegans, Mayor Faulconer is moving forward on utilizing an important tool many communities throughout California are taking advantage of already. Community Choice is an important and much needed opportunity to accelerate the transition to 100 percent clean energy. We look forward to working with the City and other stakeholders.

the San Diego Union-Tribune (Joshua Emerson Smith):
Faulconer said...community choice aggregation would not only help the city reach its goal laid out under its 2015 Climate Action Plan, but it would also save customers money. (He also) said the program could be in effect as early as 2021, with planning and implementation starting early next year.

It even got the attention of the New York Times! (Ivan Penn and Inyoung Kang):
After a long and often contentious debate, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is set to announce on Thursday that the city will create an alternative to the area’s investor-owned utility, San Diego Gas and Electric Company. The city says the government-run program will increase competition, lower electricity rates by as much as 5 percent and ensure that the city reaches its goal of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035, 10 years ahead of the state’s mandate.

Voice of San Diego (Ry Rivard):
In deciding to form a government agency to compete with SD&E, Mayor Kevin Faulconer broke ranks from a major corporate political player and one of the region’s largest employers…City officials also hope that other San Diego cities, including Chula Vista, La Mesa and Carlsbad, will join with it, meaning the vast majority of people living here may soon have clean power. Solana Beach already decided to form a similar government-run power-buying agency.

Finally, the City of San Diego's Clean and Renewable Energy webpage has official statements about the announcement, plus many other sources about the city's 100% clean energy commitment and details of the CCA program.