San Diego's circuitous path to Community Choice
A Unanimous Climate Action Plan December 15, 2015, the San Diego City Council accepted the City's Climate Action Plan (CAP). Core to CAP success is the role of clean electricity -- the CAP's Strategy #2, "Clean, Renewable Energy", commits San Diego to being "100% Renewable by 2035".
Although the CAP commits to completion of "a City-wide Community Choice Aggregation Feasibility Study", it does not commit the City to launch a Community Choice program. With the CAP's emphasis on cost-effective solutions, however, a community choice program is the only option likely to demonstrate the speed, greenhouse reductions, economic benefits and overall cost-effectiveness the CAP implementers seek.
CCA Feasibility Study City staff oversee CAP implementation, and ensured that implementation priorities were included in the City's Budget passed spring 2016. These included completion of a CCA Feasibility Study in 2016-2017 and presentation of a draft CCA Resolution to the Sane Diego City Council in 2017.
The City's Sustainable Energy Advisory Board has followed community choice since 2014, and helped shape the scope for this Feasibility Study. The study contract was awarded to the team of Willdan Financial Services and EnerNex. A draft Plan is expected in the first quarter of 2017.
What is the County of San Diego up to? In 2013, the County Supervisors chartered an effort to develop a "Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan" (CREP). History, summary and draft documents here. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) guides the effort, with technical work by Ascent Environmental.
After little progress 2014-2015, in mid-2016 staff released a draft for TAC and public input. The Phase I Final Report was released in September (linked here) and will be presented to the Supervisors in January. SDED expects to comment on the treatment of CCA formation and other elements relevant to our mission of advancing the 100% Clean Energy future.