Community Choice Energy

With Community Choice Energy Families, Businesses and the Environment Win.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Oct 25th, Mayor Faulconer announced that the city or San Diego will create an alternative to the utility, San Diego Gas and Electric Company.

This is just a first announcement, and there’s a lot of work to be done, but after 3 years of work this is a HUGE STEP FORWARD toward a just transition to 100% clean energy.

Huge thanks to the organizations and individuals who worked SO HARD to make this happen.

Community Choice Energy is the key to getting the City of San Diego to 100% renewable energy by 2035.  CCE allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses to provide 100% renewable energy at a competitive prices while providing local control and local family sustaining clean energy jobs to our region.

Community Choice Energy gives San Diego residents a clean energy choice. Right now, our only option is SDG&E, which has the highest electricity rates in California. Competition is good for customers and the community.

The CCE model is tried and true and CCE programs have been implemented all over California and are providing cleaner energy at lower cost. San Diego can not afford to get left behind in the clean energy movement and the only way to ensure that we can get to 100% renewable in San Diego is through community choice.

As a CUSTOMER: Almost nothing changes in the way that you are billed and receive service. You’ll be enrolled automatically in the CCE, and have the option to choose whether you want to return to SDG&E. The city takes over energy purchases to ensure you are getting the best deal on cleaner energy while SDG&E still handles your maintenance and operations, and continues to provide your billing and service without a hitch.

How Do We Pay for Community Choice? Community Choice Energy programs are revenue-based, not government subsidized. They’re self-supporting from an existing revenue stream (electricity bills). The electricity rates consumers pay to a retail electric supplier or an investor-owned utility are bundled and redirected to support the group purchase of electricity through a local CCE program.

Our local ENVIRONMENT would reap significant benefits from CCE. Studies suggest that a San Diego CCE would reduce City carbon emissions by an estimated 2.8 billion pounds—equal to planting about 33 million trees or taking 268,812 cars off the road—in one year alone. By year 10, the CCE would remove 29 billion pounds of carbon, equal to planting nearly 346 million trees or removing 2.8 million cars from the roads.

Small businesses love Community Choice Energy because choice in purchasing is crucial to small business success. Pricing and sourcing are integral factors as we purchase any commodity, and energy should be no different. This is how we ensure our businesses are moving our communities in the right direction, by supporting innovation, and staying lean on costs. The money saved in energy costs can go toward growth, employing more San Diegans, and investing in community projects to improve quality of life.

A CCE would also prioritize local power generation, local jobs, local career opportunities in the procurement process of energy generation. The CCE would prioritize local renewable projects over other projects. Additionally a focus would be placed on creating partnership with local labor – including community benefit agreements, sustainable workforce agreements, job training, and apprenticeship programs.

A wide range of community groups, environmental organizations, elected officials and local businesses have voiced their support for choice and CCE in San Diego. The San Diego Community Choice Alliance (SDCCA) was formed to represent this diverse group to make sure a CCE that benefits the community is established in San Diego. To learn more about the SDCCA click here.

For even more information on how a CCE can benefit San Diego families, local business and the environment check out the the articles below:

Contact Ryan@sandiego350.org to get involved.