Community Choice Energy San Diego Community Power
On October 2, 2019, Imperial Beach City Council approved community choice aggregation (CCA) through a regional CCA program in partnership with Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Mesa, and San Diego called San Diego Community Power (SDCP). The Board meeting schedule as well as more information can be found on San Diego Community's Website.
- How does Community Choice Aggregation work?
CCAs are established by local communities, either through the creation of a joint powers authority or enterprise fund. While CCAs are locally operated, they work in partnership with the existing investor-owned utility (IOU). Through this partnership, CCAs determine the source and procure the electricity while the existing IOUs continue delivering the energy, maintaining the grid, and providing billing services.
- How is a San Diego Community Power (SDCP) funded?
SDCP is a self-funded, not-for-profit entity created to ensure that financial benefits directly serve community members. SDCP is completely funded by program revenue. Because SDCP is a locally managed, not-for-profit entity, excess revenue is reinvested into the community through innovative energy programs, job training, employment programs, and more.
- What are the benefits of a CCA?
Potential benefits of CCAs include:
- Increased customer choice
- Local control of resource decisions and rates
- Competitive electricity costs
- Opportunities for innovative new energy programs (energy efficiency, distributed generation, economic development, etc.)
- Support for local infrastructure investment
- What is Community Choice Aggregation?
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a model that allows communities to purchase power to meet their electricity needs, offering an alternative choice to the local incumbent utility (San Diego Gas & Electric). CCAs can provide the communities they serve with competitively priced, clean energy choices while reinvesting revenues into projects and programs, supporting the local economy.
- What is the status of Imperial Beach's CCA efforts?
On October 2, 2019, Imperial Beach Council approved community choice aggregation through a regional CCA program called San Diego Community Power. Partners include the cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Mesa, and San Diego. The Board meeting schedule as well as more information can be found on San Diego Community's Website.
- CCA 101: How does Community Choice Aggregation work? What you need to know. September 2018, San Diego Union Tribune.
- What will energy bill look like with SDCP?
You will continue to receive one bill from SDG&E but it will look slightly different.
- Information above was provided by LEAN Energy U.S, the Local Government Commission, and the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA).
- Community Choice Aggregation Pilot Project (PDF) funded by California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program prepared by the Local Government Commission and Navigant Consulting, Inc. (2009)
- CalCCA Community Choice Aggregation FAQ Sheet (PDF)
- Community Choice Aggregation Fact Sheet (PDF) funded by the California Energy Commission and Department of Energy prepared by the Local Government Commission
- LEAN Energy - What is Community Choice?