Energy Use & Generation
Promoting renewable energy
Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity and power vehicles creates greenhouse gases. In the City of Del Mar, electricity consumption is estimated to account for 36% of greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2019, Del Mar partnered with local cities to form the Clean Energy Alliance to procure electricity at competitive rates from renewable sources such as solar and wind. As a joint powers authority, the CEA is governed by representatives from each of its member cities. Formed as a separate legal entity, the CEA and its finances are separate from those of the member cities. Ratepayers and program revenues fund the CEA's activities. The CEA receives no taxpayer subsidies.
City Council actions
October 21, 2019 – An ordinance was adopted by City Council, authorizing the implementation of a Community Choice Energy program in Del Mar (Staff Report).
October 7, 2019 – City Council adopted a resolution approving the execution of the JPA agreement creating the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), appointed two Council Members to the CEA Board of Directors (primary/alternate) and introduced an ordinance authorizing the implementation of a CCE program (Staff Report).
September 9, 2019 – City Council received the findings of the Community Choice Energy Governance Analysis Report and directed staff to pursue a Community Choice Energy Joint Powers Authority with the Cities of Solana Beach, Carlsbad and other potential partner agencies (Staff Report, CCE Governance Analysis Report).
April 15, 2019 – City Council accepted the final CCE Technical Feasibility Study and adopted Resolution 2019-19 expressing its intent to participate in a Community Choice Energy program (Staff Report, Resolution to pursue CCE).
March 21, 2019 – Cities of Del Mar, Encinitas and Carlsbad held a joint public meeting to present the findings of the North San Diego County Cities Community Choice Energy Technical Feasibility Study.
March 4, 2019 – City Council authorized Del Mar’s participation in a joint evaluation of governance structures for a Community Choice Energy program with the Cities of Encinitas and Carlsbad (Staff Report).
- Towards Electricity Decarbonization: Options for Community Choice Energy for Del Mar, A Master’s Thesis by Daniela Battaglioli (PDF)