San Diego

County Joins Region’s Largest Government-Run Power Purchasing Agency

September 1, 2021

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San Diego County Supervisors determined to affix forces Tuesday with San Diego Community Power, the area’s largest publicly-run energy buying company (also called group selection aggregation or CCA), over Clean Energy Alliance, the smaller of the 2 that represents simply three North County cities.

Both CCAs try to do the identical factor — transition the cities they symbolize to make use of 100% renewable electrical energy (powered by photo voltaic, wind or different zero-carbon energies) quicker than utilities are in a position or keen to do. But the county vote represents the settling of a contest over a big ratepayer base which might assist the successful company unfold out its power prices and add buying energy to chop extra offers on renewable tasks, just like the 600-acre photo voltaic farm announced near Jacumba Hot Springs earlier this month, in response to Times of San Diego.

With the 3-2 party-line vote, clients within the county would robotically shift to San Diego Community Power’s power charges until they decide to stick with SDG&E at an appointed date. Republican Supervisors Jim Desmond and Joel Anderson, who each symbolize massive swaths of rural unincorporated county land, opposed the choice.

Desmond wished to go together with Clean Energy Alliance, the smaller CCA competing within the area that serves Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Del Mar.

“We’d be the big fish in the tank,” Desmond mentioned. “If we join San Diego, we’ll be a mini-SDG&E.”

San Diego Community Power represents the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Mesa and Imperial Beach.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher appointed Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer to the San Diego Community Power Board with Supervisor Nora Vargas as an alternate, which Anderson challenged, saying not less than one consultant of the unincorporated elements of the county ought to serve on the board. Fletcher declined Anderson’s movement on board appointments, saying the appointments ought to be supervisors which might be “invested” within the success of a CCA and that each Lawson-Remer and Vargas symbolize some portion of the unincorporated county.

“San Diego Community Power is where we can make the biggest impact in achieving a cheaper, more equitable and more reliable clean energy future for our region,” Lawson-Remer mentioned on the meeting.

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