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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Del Mar to pursue Community Choice Energy partnership with Solana Beach, Carlsbad

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The City Council voted unanimously Sept. 9 to partner with Solana Beach and Carlsbad to launch a Community Choice Energy program in 2021.

The vote calls for Del Mar to negotiate an agreement with the two cities, and other potential partners, to form a Community Choice Energy Joint Powers Authority. The cities face a Dec. 31 deadline to complete the negotiations, adopt implementing ordinances and submit an implementation plan to State regulators.

During the Sept. 9 hearing, officials from Solana Beach and Carlsbad told the City Council they hoped Del Mar would join their cities as partners.

The joint powers authority, or JPA, would be structured to allow other jurisdictions, such as the County of San Diego and inland North County cities, to also join as members.

A governance analysis, draft JPA terms and schedule are contained in a 147-page agenda report (PDF).

Community Choice Energy, or CCE, enables local governments to purchase their own power, often from more renewable sources, on behalf of their consumers. The program also introduces competition and customer choice into an energy marketplace served almost entirely by San Diego Gas & Electric.

Solana Beach -- which launched the first and, to date, only CCE program in San Diego County -- has welcomed new partners and the formation of a JPA.

Throughout the County, jurisdictions are weighing their options and taking action ahead of the California Public Utility Commission’s Dec. 31 deadline.

The City of San Diego is forming a regional CCE consortium that includes the City of Encinitas.

In Del Mar, a study in March concluded that CCE would help Del Mar achieve its Climate Action Plan goals and would be economically viable if the city could find partners.  

In Del Mar, energy consumption is estimated to account for 36 percent of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Del Mar’s 2016 CAP sets goals of reducing those emissions to 50 percent below those of 2012 by 2035, and by 2050, to bring the emissions to 80 percent below statewide values from 1990.

A CCE program would help Del Mar reach these goals.

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