SDG&E Set to Stifle Freedoms of San Diego Families

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August 18, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kayla Race, Climate Action Campaign, 619-419-1222, kayla@climateactioncampaign.org

SDG&E Set to Stifle Freedoms of San Diego Families
Climate Action Campaign says Commission decision will hurt families and thwart local clean energy and climate action plan goals.

SAN DIEGO, August 18, 2016— Climate Action Campaign expressed disappointment at today’s decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to approve SDG&E’s plan for spending unlimited dollars to market and lobby against Community Choice Energy. Community Choice Energy is a program several cities in the region including San Diego, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Del Mar, and others are exploring to improve air quality, increase clean energy and provide cost-effective clean energy choices to families and local businesses.

“SDG&E has made clear they’ll stop at nothing to stifle the voices and the freedom of choice for families and businesses who want better energy options to save money, clean the air, and create a brighter, healthier future with home grown clean power,” stated Nicole Capretz, Executive Director of the Climate Action Campaign. “We will not let this stop our progress. We are just getting started on a positive campaign to improve our quality of life. We won’t stop until we offer families the freedom they deserve. After all, that’s the American way.”

SDG&E’s plan would create a new marketing division housed at its parent company, Sempra, to market and lobby against Community Choice using unlimited funds. Climate Action Campaign and several cities, elected officials, businesses, and environmental organizations submitted letters expressing opposition to SDG&E’s plan because the playing field is not level.

Despite being largely disappointed by the Commission’s decision, Climate Action Campaign expressed support for the consumer protections recently added by the Commission to create a “firewall” to limit SDG&E’s coordination with its parent company, Sempra Energy, including requiring the Marketing Division to operate at Sempra offices, rather than SDG&E offices, as well as restricting the sharing of information and staff, including independent contractors, with SDG&E.

“We will keep pressing the Commission to adopt more meaningful protections that limit SDG&E’s ability to overwhelm Community Choice Energy efforts. The safeguards approved today are a start, but not sufficient to level the playing field and prevent SDG&E from killing the freedoms and opportunities our families deserve,” Capretz added. “Today was an unfortunate setback for Community Choice, but nowhere near defeat. This is just the beginning of a battle we will win. We still have some tricks up our sleeves.”

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Climate Action Campaign is a climate watchdog organization with a simple mission: stop climate change and protect our quality of life. For more information, please visit www.climateactioncampaign.org

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