Concord, Calif. – The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) has issued the following statement by Executive Director Beth Vaughan in response to the San Diego City Council voting on February 25 to give Mayor Kevin Faulconer a green light to negotiate the creation of a new joint powers authority (JPA) to implement a regional community choice aggregation (CCA) program. San Diego – California’s second-largest city – is an affiliate member of CalCCA.
“The California Community Choice Association congratulates San Diego as it moves ahead with the formation of a joint-powers authority to implement a community choice aggregation program as the preferred pathway to reach the city’s 100 percent renewable energy goal. We appreciate San Diego’s careful consideration of CCA with a focus on fiscal responsibility, competitive rates, economic development, local job creation, investment in communities of concern, and prioritization of local renewable energy development.”
Under San Diego’s CCA timeline, the city plans to initiate CCA service in 2021. The city council would consider the approval of a JPA agreement in the third quarter of 2019 and submit a CCA implementation plan to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Environmental, community, labor, business, and climate and environmental justice organizations supported the resolution approved by the city council.
Several cities in the region are currently exploring the feasibility of CCA and have expressed interest in joining the JPA, according to city staff. These include Chula Vista, La Mesa, Del Mar, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside. Public agencies that may consider joining the JPA or signing on as large customers include the Port, Airport, and County Water Authority. Cities in Orange County that are within SDG&E’s service territory may also have an interest in participating.
Launched in 2016, the California Community Choice Association represents California’s community choice electricity providers before the state Legislature and at regulatory agencies, advocating for a level playing field and opposing policies that unfairly discriminate against CCAs and their customers. There are currently 19 operational CCA programs in California serving approximately 10 million customers.
For more information about CalCCA, visit www.cal-cca.org.