Carlsbad and Encinitas taking different routes on community choice energy

The respective city councils of Carlsbad and Encinitas have voted to go down the road toward community choice energy but the towns have selected different routes to get there.

Carlsbad’s city council on Tuesday night voted 4-0 to pursue forming a partnership with fellow North County communities such as Del Mar and Encinitas to create a community choice aggregation, or CCA, program that can offer an alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric. But late Wednesday night, the city council of Encinitas voted 5-0 to go in another direction — moving forward to take part in a regional joint powers agreement spearheaded by the city of San Diego.

“I think it is possible to be too small,” said Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, citing concerns that a CCA comprised of communities along the Route 78 corridor would not have the same influence as one wielded by a CCA anchored by the large number of electricity customers represented by the city of San Diego.

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Carlsbad and Encinitas taking different routes on community choice energy, by Rob Nikolewski, The San Diego Union Tribune, August 22, 2019.

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