San Diego City Council takes the leap into community choice energy

The city of San Diego is about to enter the power-purchasing business.

On a 7-2 vote Tuesday afternoon, the San Diego City Council approved the formation of a community choice aggregation, or CCA, energy program. The council also approved a joint powers agreement that will see San Diego partner with Chula Vista, La Mesa, Encinitas and — by all indications — Imperial Beach to take the place of San Diego Gas & Electric when it comes to purchasing sources of electricity within their jurisdictions.

“This really is an important day for San Diego,” said Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry. “We have an entrepreneurial culture in San Diego and I think we will be the gold star of what community choice energy should look like across the country.”

But council members Chris Cate and Scott Sherman voted no, each raising concerns about whether the city is moving into shaky financial and political territory.

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San Diego City Council takes the leap into community choice energy, by Rob Nikolewski, The San Diego Union-Tribune, September 17, 2019.

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