San Diego County Supervisors Deny Residents and Businesses Freedom of Energy Choice

Vote denies opportunity to enjoy energy freedom, leaving County’s energy destiny in the hands of monopoly

SAN DIEGO, February 15, 2017—Today, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors (BOS) denied its families and businesses the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of energy choice through Community Choice Energy (CCE), a proven policy solution used to accelerate the transition to clean energy while lowering energy rates for consumers.

The BOS considered which measures to advance in the next phase of the County’s Comprehensive Renewable Energy Study (CREP), including the possibility of exploring CCE. Despite widespread public support for CCE demonstrated ahead of the vote, a motion from Supervisor Jacob for the County to conduct a CCE Feasibility Study failed to get the required support from her colleagues. The Feasibility Study would have been the first step to assess the economic and clean energy related benefits of a CCE, without committing the County to a specific plan.

However, an alternative motion from Supervisor Jacob was approved, directing staff to return in one year with a report on outcomes and progress of other California CCE programs and reassess the County’s position at that time. Further, the Board and staff indicated CCE may remain a tool to achieve state GHG targets in their pending CAP, expected to be released in draft form later this year.

“We are beyond disappointed that the County chose to keep its families in the dark, away from energy freedom and choice, and dependent on a monopoly to provide its power — the opposite of the American way,” said CAC Executive Director Nicole Capretz.  “We will not give up our quest for energy freedom and clean air,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, other cities in the region are actively considering Community Choice Energy through feasibility studies. The City of San Diego, which committed to 100% clean energy in its Climate Plan, is currently conducting a study as is Solana Beach.  The cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, and Oceanside are also considering CCE. These north county cities, lead by Encinitas, are exploring the possibility of banding together to form a joint North County CCE program.

California has 6 operational Community Choice programs in place: Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power, Lancaster Choice Energy, CleanPowerSF,  and Peninsula Clean Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy. The County of Los Angeles and Alameda recently adopted CCE and are set to begin operations in 2017.

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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

February 15, 2017 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |CONTACT: Kayla Race, Climate Action Campaign, 619-419-1222, kayla@climateactioncampaign.org

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