Santee joins the list of cities opting for community choice energy

Add Santee to the list of cities moving toward joining a community choice aggregation, or CCA, energy program.

The Santee City Council late Wednesday night unanimously approved pursuing a CCA, the program in which communities offer an alternative to investor-owned utilities like San Diego Gas & Electric when it comes to purchasing sources of power.

“I think what we really need to do here is exactly what we’re doing — having a very close examination of what is best for us,” said mayor John Minto.

At the same time, the council has yet to decide what governance model the CCA should adopt. It directed city staff to look into three options:

  • Joining a proposed joint powers agreement, or JPA, that the city of Carlsbad wants to form
  • Accepting an invitation to join a regional JPA headed by the city of San Diego
  • Forming its own stand-alone CCA.

Under the community choice model, communities take on the responsibility of buying the source of electricity (solar, wind, natural gas, etc.) for a given jurisdiction. SDG&E would still assume all other duties, such as distributing the power and handling customer service and billing.

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Santee joins the list of cities opting for community choice energy, by Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, August 30, 2019.

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