The County of San Diego will be taking an important action related to our energy future…
TUESDAY, FEB. 26TH, 2019 at 9AM
Meeting Chambers at the County Office Building
1600 Pacific Highway
Please contact your supervisor and let them know We Need Community Choice Energy at the County!
Supervisors Fletcher and Jacob have supported this action on the agenda:
Jacob Fletcher Board Letter >
Please urge the rest of the Board to follow.
COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY (CCE) is Right for Our Region.
Sierra Club urges the County to adopt community Choice Energy as part of an effective Climate Action Plan. This kind of initiative could reduce emissions, lower costs, provide cleaner energy, and generate revenue for the city. CCE allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents to provide cleaner power options and set rates at a competitive or lower price, while the existing utility company continues to deliver power over their power lines. Done correctly CCE can result in more choice, cleaner energy, local control, and competitive costs.
The first step is to adopt the recommendations outlined by Supervisors Fletcher and Jacob.
Supervisors need to hear from you!
Please Email or Call
PLEASE ATTEND THE MEETING IF YOU CAN.
LET THE BOARD KNOW OF YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS ACTION!
I strongly support the County adopting the three recommendations outlined by Supervisors Jacob and Fletcher regarding bringing energy choice to the county.
Community Choice Energy can result in more choice, cleaner energy, local control, and competitive costs. This is an important part of what must be a strong and effective response to a quality climate action plan and in working to address and stop the worst impacts of climate change.
I strongly urge your SUPPORT for Community Choice for the County.
SUBJECT: BRINGING CHOICE AND COMPETITION TO THE ENERGY MARKET (DISTRICTS: ALL)
Community choice energy (CCE), which is also called community choice aggregation (CCA), is a type of energy supply program that allows cities and counties to meet the energy needs of local residents and businesses by aggregating the buying power of individual customers within a defined area to secure alternative energy supplies. The pooling of purchasing power to buy or generate electricity gives ratepayers the choice of where to purchase their power. Choice and competition is the bedrock of CCE. Today, there are 19 CCEs operating throughout the state serving more than 8 million customers. In San Diego County, the City of Solana Beach has operated the Solana Energy Alliance since 2018.
The City of San Diego recently took the next step towards a CCE by laying the groundwork for a future Joint Powers Authority, and the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, La Mesa and Santee are all either actively exploring the feasibility of CCE or moving forward with CCE. Today’s action directs the Chief Administrative Officer to develop a Community Choice Energy program and return to the Board by October 2019 with next steps for implementation, and report back to the Board on progress every two months.
Today’s action also authorizes the Chief Administrative Officer to engage in discussions with the City of San Diego and other cities in the region on the potential development of a mutually beneficial CCE Joint Powers Authority.
CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB AND SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER
- Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to develop a Community Choice Energy program and return to the Board by October 2019 with all options and next steps for implementation, and report back to the Board on progress every two months.
- Authorize the Chief Administrative Officer to engage in discussions with the City of San Diego and other cities in the region on the potential development of a mutually beneficial CCE Joint Powers Authority.
- Transfer appropriations of $125,000 from the Department of Planning and Development Services, Services & Supplies to the Department of General Services, Services & Supplies, to conduct CCA/CCE Feasibility Analysis and Implementation Options.
The total cost for consultants and staff time to complete today’s recommended actions is estimated to be $300,000. Previously the Board of Supervisors directed staff as part of approving the Climate Action Plan to conduct a thorough Comparative Analysis of the implementation of the Renewable Energy E-2.1 measure; which included aggressively pursuing CCA as mentioned in the Plan; and to not only include the cost analysis of the projects, but the cost to the consumer and ratepayers in the Comparative Analysis.
The Fiscal Year 2018-19 Operational Plan includes funds for this request. As part of today’s actions, funding anticipated to be used for that analysis, $125,000, will be repurposed for conducting a CCA/CCE Feasibility Analysis and implementation options. The remaining requirement for $175,000 to complete today’s recommended actions will be referred to budget.