The three cities in San Diego’s second energy-buying group to date will maintain their first-ever joint meeting on Tuesday afternoon in Carlsbad.
The Carlsbad City Council voted last month to join the newly named Clean Energy Alliance, including Del Mar and Solana Beach. Solana Seashore led the way by forming its community choice aggregation (CCA) in 2018 but left the door open for different agencies to come in.
Over the following few weeks, the brand new energy alliance, officially a joint powers authority, is anticipated to hire key distributors and staff, set up rates and packages, and complete an implementation program to submit to the state Public Utilities Commission by Dec. 31.
CCA plans have developed in recent times to permit cities and other government agencies to bypass conventional utilities, such as San Diego Gas & Electric Co., and buy their power. The goal is to reduce charges and increase reliance on renewable sources such as wind and solar. SDG&E will still be providing the power lines and infrastructure to carry the electrical energy, however, it’ll not purchase and sell the power for CCA clients.
The standard process is for everybody within the territory of a newly developed CCA to be mechanically included, however, every buyer may have multiple alternatives to opt-out or stay with their regular provider.
Tuesday’s afternoon meeting at Carlsbad City Hall will include the election of the board’s first chairman and vice-chairman, the appointment of different executives and legal counsel, and reviews of the implementation timeline and the initial year’s budget and prices, anticipated to amount to approximately $450,000.
The San Diego County Supervisors Board and Santee City Counci also have thought-about becoming a member of the Clean Energy Alliance, however, decided in October to pause the idea until they’ve additional information.