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San Diego Community Power Begins Providing Energy To 5 Local Cities

A trail of electric grid wires and poles travels across the skyline in South ...

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Above: A trail of electric grid wires and poles travels across the skyline in South Park, July 27, 2020.

As part of a pledge to create a more sustainable San Diego, Mayor Todd Gloria began San Diego Community Power on Monday — a community choice energy service responsible for purchasing wholesale clean electricity on behalf of customers in San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Mesa and Imperial Beach.

"Today we are flipping the switch on San Diego Community Power and finally bringing a future-focused energy choice and a clear path to 100% renewable energy," Gloria said. "This launch is an essential next step in meeting our regional climate action goals. By embracing renewable energy sources, we are going to protect San Diego for generations to come."

SDCP is a community choice aggregator intended to provide clean, renewable energy at competitive rates and investing in innovative programs to benefit the environment and the economy. SDCP will source cleaner electricity for approximately 770,000 customer accounts.

"As a San Diego Community Power board member, I am thrilled to be celebrating this historic launch today, as we have a clear, competitively priced path to building healthier communities powered by clean, renewable energy," said City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. "Our city has fought for this opportunity for many years, and it is such an exciting day for all of us as we bring choice to local ratepayers, create a green legacy for all future generations, reinvest in our communities and support clean energy jobs for local workers."

Monday marked the first-day SDCP provided power to its five municipal customers. Business customers are expected to come online in June and homes are scheduled to be powered in 2022.

San Diego adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2015, setting goals to achieve 100% renewable energy citywide and zero waste. It also developed the Climate Equity Index, intended to better understand access to opportunity in San Diego's Communities of Concern with a locally driven tool.

"Today is truly a historic event as we bring energy provider choice to the region for the first time," SDCP Interim CEO Bill Carnahan said. "This is a huge step in protecting our environment, reducing the costly impacts of climate change and ensuring competitive pricing for sustainable energy."

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