Community Choice Energy, sometimes referred to as “Community Choice Aggregation” or “CCA”, is a program that brings local control and freedom of choice and competition into the electricity marketplace. Currently, San Diego has only one electricity provider–San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)–a de-facto monopoly. Community Choice allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses, to provide cleaner power options at a competitive price. SDG&E would continue to deliver the power over their power lines, provide customer service, and handle the billing. It’s an agile public-private partnership. SDG&E, like almost all utility companies, publicly states they support a customer’s right to choose an alternate energy provider, but fight it with their lobbying and political spending.
Whether San Diego moves forward to provide this option is where Climate Action Campaign (CAC) steps in. Community Choice Energy would provide more choice of energy providers, clean energy sources, local programs, and competitive costs. "We're a living lab where we can do this major political, economical and environment shift," says Nicole Capretz, founder of the Climate Action Campaign. "We have the talent and resources to be a world-class city." "Del Mar just passed a 100 percent clean energy climate plan," she says. "Solana Beach, La Mesa, Oceanside, and Encinitas are right behind." Learn more at climateactioncampaign.org.
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