ABC 10 News: City a Step Closer to Creating Alternative to SDG&E

September 12 – ABC 10 News – Jonathan Horn reports – The city of San Diego is one step closer to creating a regional energy company that would serve as an alternative to San Diego Gas and Electric.

The city’s Environment Committee voted 3-1 Thursday to advance the framework for the energy company to the full City Council, which it will consider Tuesday.

The proposal, called Community Choice Aggregation, would include the city of San Diego and other entities such as Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach and La Mesa. It would be managed under what is called a Joint Powers Authority.

San Diego Gas and Electric would still deliver the energy, but the JPA would decide where it comes from.

The city has previously estimated that it could save customers 5 percent under their SDG&E bills. Customers would be automatically enrolled, and would pay SDG&E exit fees (they can opt out of enrollment).

The entity could help the city reach its climate goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. It needs to get its proposal to the state Public Utilities Commission by the end of the year in order to start service in 2021.

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