San Diego’s 100 Percent Renewable Energy Mandate Does Not Include the Energy Source Called Natural Gas

Can Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) help San Diego reach its renewable energy goals? The cities Climate Action Plan calls for the creation of a CCA, but the city is still in the early stages of exploration.

San Diego’s renewable energy commitment to reach 100% clean power by 2035 ignores natural gas use for heating, cooking, and business application. Those uses make up 60% of natural gas used today, and that number is not projected to change into the future.

“The projected greenhouse gas reductions from switching to 100 percent renewable electricity – 1.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide – reflect the fact that city residents will keep using natural gas in their homes beyond 2035.”

San Diego’s 100 Percent Renewable Energy Mandate Does Not Include the Energy Source Called Natural Gas, by Andrew Keatts, Voice of San Diego, September 16, 2016.

 

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