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Posted on: November 21, 2019

Start-up funding approved for Clean Energy Alliance

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The City Council on Monday approved $150,000 to cover start-up costs for Del Mar’s participation in the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) Joint Powers Authority. The Alliance’s other members – Carlsbad and Solana Beach – are sharing equally the cost of launching the Community Choice Energy program.

The role of the newly-formed Clean Energy Alliance is to purchase more renewable energy on behalf of its customers at rates that are competitive with those of SDG&E. Ratepayers will be able purchase electricity from CEA starting in 2021.

A $450,000 budget for 2019-20 allows for: Staffing and Consultants ($50,000); Legal Services ($130,000); Professional Services ($115,000); CCE Bond ($147,000); CalCCA Membership & Dues ($1,500), and Graphic Design and Marketing ($6,500).

Start-up costs paid by CEA’s member agencies will be reimbursed within three years of program launch.

During a CEA meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Directors:

  • Received a presentation from Beth Vaughn, Executive Director of the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA);
  • Reviewed CEA’s draft implementation plan and scheduled a public hearing to adopt the plan Dec. 19 ahead of a Dec. 31 deadline;
  • Approved an agreement providing for the repayment of initial startup costs to CEA’s member agencies;
  • Authorized an interim bank account with Union Bank and the issuance of a Request for Proposals for credit and banking services;
  • Scheduled Board meetings through June 30, 2020;
  • Selected as the official website domain for CEA; and
  • Approved an interim process to receive written comments from the public.

Open the Authorization for Funding staff report (PDF).

Visit the Clean Energy Alliance website.

Visit Del Mar's Energy Use & Generation webpage.

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