Energy Use & Generation

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Find out what you can do and what the City of Del Mar is doing to reduce energy consumption and choose renewable sources of energy.

Creating electricity by burning fossil fuels (gasoline, diesel, and natural gas) to power our homes and businesses, and using vehicles that run on these fuels generates greenhouse gases (GHGs). Electricity consumption in the City of Del Mar (residential and commercial) accounts for about 36% of GHG emissions. The City of Del Mar’s goal is to achieve a renewable energy supply, such as solar and wind, in order to reduce GHGs, while promoting energy efficiency in our homes and businesses.

Community Choice Energy 

The City of Del Mar is pursuing a Community Choice Energy program (CCE) as an approach to increase renewable energy use for our businesses and residences. A CCE is a not-for-profit provider established by a city or group of cities to offer residents competitive rates on renewable energy such as wind and solar while continuing to operate within existing energy providers for delivery services. Watch this video to learn more. Many California cities have already created CCEs that provide residents with lower prices and a higher percentage of renewable energy. The City of Del Mar has committed to 100% clean energy by 2035. Establishing a CCE program is key to achieving this goal.

In October 2019, the Del Mar City Council took actions to form the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) Joint Powers Authority  in collaboration with the cities of Carlsbad and Solana Beach.  With these founding members and other potential partner agencies, the CEA plans to launch a CCE program to provide energy to local customers beginning in May 2021. More information about the CEA, including CEA Board meeting agendas, materials, and minutes can be found on the CEA website at

Timeline of CCE actions taken by the Del Mar City Council:

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). 

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

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). 

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). 

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). 

October 21, 2019 – An ordinance was adopted by City Council, authorizing the implementation of a Community Choice Energy program in Del Mar (Staff Report).

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