Community Choice Energy
San Diego Community Power
On September 10, 2019, La Mesa City Council approved community choice aggregation (CCA) through a regional CCA program in partnership with Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and San Diego. The 2020 Board meeting schedule for San Diego Community Power (SDCP) more information can be found on San Diego Community Power’s temporary webpage. Due to Stay at Home Orders in California and in accordance with the Governor's Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20, SDCP Board Meetings will be conducted remotely for the foreseeable future. To know how to participate, please see the linked agenda for instructions.
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.
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.
What are the benefits of a CCA?
Potential benefits of CCAs include:
- Increased customer choice.
- Local control of resource decisions and rates.
- Lower electricity costs.
- Opportunities for innovative new energy programs (energy efficiency, distributed generation, economic development, etc.).
- Support for local infrastructure investment.
How is a CCA funded?
A CCA is a self-funded, not-for profit entity created to ensure that financial benefits directly serve community members. Once launched, a CCA is completely funded by program revenue. Because CCAs are locally managed, not-for-profit entities, excess revenue is reinvested into the community through on-bill savings and innovative energy programs, including rebates, no-cost and low-cost energy programs, job training and employment programs and more.
Did La Mesa complete a CCA feasibility study?
Yes! The City Council of La Mesa, Santee, and Chula Vista completed a joint Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) feasibility study to assess the viability of a CCA in their respective communities. The final Study can be found below under "City Documents". The study results show that a CCA in La Mesa could offer competitive rates with SDG&E while also supporting the City’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.
What is the status of La Mesa’s CCA efforts?
On September 10, 2019, La Mesa City Council approved community choice aggregation through a regional CCA program. Partners include the cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and San Diego. A La Mesa Councimember serves on the Board of San Diego Community Power. You can learn more about upcoming San Diego Community Power board meetings on its temporary webpage.
Why is La Mesa moving forward with a CCA program?
In March 2018, City Council adopted La Mesa’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP charts a course to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in half and power the community with 100% clean electricity by 2035. Community Choice Aggregation is a mechanism to increase the amount of non-polluting, renewable energy and help the City achieve its target of 100% clean energy.
- CCA Ordinance
- September 10, 2019, City Council Meeting Staff Report on Community Choice Energy
- CCA Technical Feasibility Study Executive Summary for the Cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa, and Santee - July 16, 2019
- CCA Technical Feasibility Study for the Cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa, and Santee - July 16, 2019
- July 15, 2019 Environmental Sustainability Commission Draft Study presentation
- June 17th, 2019 CCA Informational Meeting Presentation
- January 22, 2019 Cost Share Agreement Staff Report to City Council
- 2016 CCA presentation by EPIC
- CCA 101: How does Community Choice Aggregation work? What you need to know. September 2018, San Diego Union Tribune
- Solana Energy Alliance
- MCE Clean Energy
- Sonoma Clean Power
- Lancaster Choice Energy
- Peninsula Clean Energy
- Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Much of the information above was provided by LEAN Energy U.S, the Local Government Commission, and CalCCA.
Community Choice Aggregation Pilot Project funded by California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program prepared by the Local Government Commission and Navigant Consulting, Inc. (2009)
Community Choice Aggregation Fact Sheet funded by California Energy Commission and Department of Energy prepared by the Local Government Commission