It's 2016! Community Choice Electricity is Moving Ahead Fast. Read on!
San Diego Energy District (SDED) welcomes you to our Spring E-News. People all over the state are moving toward choosing their electricity. This quarter we present:
What's Happening in San Diego-- City and County
California is Transforming its Power: 60% and Counting
Devilish Details: News from the CPUC
Elsewhere in San Diego County
Op-Ed: "Time to Throw the Switch"
"Business As Usual, Isn't" --Member Comment
Calendar: Events & Dates to Watch
COMMUNITY CHOICE UPDATES
The Details Behinds the Headlines
What's up with San Diego's Community Choice Future? It's moving forward... step by step. By unanimous vote December 15, the City Council accepted San Diego's Climate Action Plan (CAP). Central to the CAP is the role of clean electricity [Read More]
City staff oversee CAP implementation, with lots of input. Implementation steps and expenses for Phase I (2016-2017) and Phase II (2018-2020) will be revealed in the City's proposed Budget, due for release April 15. [Read More]
Another Feasibility Study? As Action 2.1, the CAP commits the City to "Complete a citywide Community Choice Aggregation Feasibility Study... (with) timelines for implementation and...potential costs".[Read More]
60% and Counting: A Transformation Ahead The Center for Climate Protection's San Jose conference last month spotlighted the transformation underway. 80+ communities are considering Choice- if they move forward, that's 60% of the State's eligible load. With emissions cuts ala Sonoma Clean Power, the benefits will be profound [Read More]
And - Another County weighs in... Yolo County and the City of Davis join the 13 counties and over 80 cities moving actively to implement Community Choice. The momentum toward this powerful, locally-responsive solution just keeps building [Read More]
Net Metering -- Threat 2.0 Net Energy Metering (NEM) has grown solar usage more than any other policy in the last decade. January 28, the clean energy industry heaved a sigh of relief when the CPUC voted to keep retail NEM largely in tact. We celebrated too soon. [Read More]
Exit Fees - Still With Us Electricity Choice customers have to pay for their right to choose. When PGE's exit fees doubled last fall, the outcry was loud. The CPUC's response was a workshop March 8 to explain the existing calculation methodology. No surprise, no decisions were made [Read More]
Is the CPUC doing its job? Letting IOU's charge customers for contracts six+ years after those customers opted for Community Choice - is this fair? It's surely not transparent. Community Choice advocates aren't alone in seeking change: Here are two views -- from the State Assembly and a former CPUC employee.
NEWS AND VIEWS
COMMUNITY CHOICE Headlines and Opinions
Around San Diego - Communities Consider Electricity Choice These three Cities are showing the rest of the region how to move ahead: Solana Beach Encinitas Carlsbad
Is your community starting to talk about Community Choice? Let us know. Would you like to be one of SDED's "Community Choice" Ambassadors? Let us know that too!
Member Comment: "Business As Usual, Isn't".
Ned McMahon, CEO, Primo Wind Primo Wind joined SDED for the same reason they fight climate change - because they see it as the right thing to do. Local, distributed energy systems enable customers to choose 100% clean renewables; a community choice district gives a whole community that choice. [Read More]
Solana Beach, its Time to Throw the Switch! Op-Ed by Lane SharmanSolana Beach could once again lead San Diego County with the decisions it makes next. SDED's co-founder urges his home town to move now - to lead the charge and reap the benefits. [Read more]
Upcoming Events: Sustainability and Community Choice April is Earth Month. As the environmental impact of community choice keeps growing, there are more opportunities to learn, participate, support and engage in the future we're collectively building. We urge your support:
April 15, Friday -- "The Pope's Climate Scientist: An Evening with Dr. Ramanathan". Join SDED and members of San Diego's faith community at 6:30 for a reception (fee; please RSVP) and 7:30 for the program and reception (free). Sponsored by California Interfaith Power and Light and St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Event details here.
April 17, Sunday -- EarthFair in Balboa Park. 10AM to 5PM. Come see the "World's Largest Annual Environmental Fair and Earth Day Celebration produced by volunteers!". Myriad options for more sustainable choices in food, energy, lifestyle, transportation and more.
May 15, Sunday -- 10th Annual EcoFest Encinitas. 10AM to 5 PM. A free, family-friendly day-long celebration of sustainable choices, with art, music, exhibitions and hands-on demonstrations by over 100 eco-friendly businesses. FMI visit EcoFestEncinitas.