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‘Growing pains’: City presents CCA quarterly update

SOLANA BEACH — The first of its kind in the county, Solana Beach’s Community Choice Aggregation program is anticipating a decline in projected revenue over the next few years, a hurdle one council member referred to as “growing pains.” The outcome is largely attributed to increases in the cost of energy and a modified “exit […]

How San Diego’s New Government-Run Energy Agency Would Work

Since Solana Beach launched its own power-buying agency to compete with San Diego Gas & Electric in June, the city’s 7,000 electricity customers have already saved about $200,000. But the city is also already looking ahead to a rough patch where it expects the new agency to lose money until 2022. The amount is relatively […]

Cheaper energy bills in San Diego next summer? Utility attempts change

If you had an air conditioner on this summer, there’s a chance your bill included a financial punch in the gut in the form of a “high usage charge.” San Diego Gas & Electric sent a letter to get rid of the cost-escalating high usage charge — designed to promote energy conservation — to the […]

How San Diego’s New Government-Run Energy Agency Would Work

Since Solana Beach launched its own power-buying agency to compete with San Diego Gas & Electric in June, the city’s 7,000 electricity customers have already saved about $200,000. But the city is also already looking ahead to a rough patch where it expects the new agency to lose money until 2022. The amount is relatively […]

Solana Beach’s energy plan could reach deficit

While Solana Beach’s community choice aggregation program has met city expectations this year, consultants are cautioning that revenues could be lower than projected in the coming years. During the first three months of the city’s Solana Energy Alliance (SEA) program — which Solana Beach launched in June to further reach its goal of using 100 […]

In wake of community choice, SDG&E seeks new contract with Otay Mesa power plant

The day after Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a landmark public power-buying program for the city, San Diego Gas & Electric backed away from its long-standing position that it was legally obligated to purchase a natural gas-fired plant in Otay Mesa for $280 million. Instead of acquiring the plant, SDG&E told the California Public Utilities Commission in a letter last […]

SDG&E Is Looking to Leave the Power-Buying Business

In a dramatic sign of California’s changing energy market, San Diego Gas & Electric wants to stop buying and selling electricity. In recent days, the company has asked lawmakers to introduce legislation that would let SDG&E reduce its role – while also pushing the state to enter the energy market in a big way. The […]

Community choice energy backers file for CPUC rehearing, say proposed exit fees are too high

Backers of community choice energy programs want the California Public Utilities Commission to take another look at a recent decision that supporters say is tilted too much in favor of traditional power companies and will discourage potential customers from switching to CCAs. Last month, the commission voted 5-0 to increase the exit fees that Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA, […]

Renewable energy conference features speakers from the US, Sweden and Finland

California may be half a world away from places like Sweden and Finland but for the eighth consecutive year, San Diego will host a renewable energy conference on Nov. 15 that will feature a collection of policy experts, industry leaders and clean-tech innovators. “We think the frame of mind in Southern California and Scandinavia is […]

SANDAG calls for dramatic increase in charging stations as sales of electric cars soar

Regional officials are pursuing an aggressive expansion of electric car charging stations as sales of zero-emission vehicles have dramatically increased this year throughout San Diego County. San Diegans purchased more electric vehicles than hybrids for the first time ever this spring, with sales continuing to climb through the fall, according to data from the New […]