Clear the Air Coalition is a broad group of
local community, business and environmental leaders joining together to ensure a diverse range of voices are heard before important decisions are made about
San Diego’s climate future.
We want to build upon the collaboration that led to unanimous passage of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, ensuring we achieve our climate goals in a manner that benefits our environment, stimulates the economy and protects local families and businesses.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a government-controlled energy procurement model that carries considerable risks and costs if rushed and incorrectly implemented. The City of San Diego is currently considering CCA as a method to reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal. Here’s why we think the City should take its time and ensure we reach our goals in a way that protects local families and businesses, benefits the environment and achieves real emission reductions.
Questionable Environmental Benefits
CCAs don’t invest in long term contracts that result in new renewable construction projects that achieve real GHG reductions. They simply shuffle existing resources by buying energy from short term contracts and purchasing renewable energy credits, giving them the appearance of green energy.
CCAs are government controlled energy programs that shift risk away from investors and saddle it with taxpayers. Our government should focus on getting better at filling potholes and balancing budgets instead of gambling with taxpayer money on the energy market.
Next Energy Crisis?
CCAs will lead California into another energy crisis if not addressed properly. The President of the CPUC has warned that the State is deregulating energy again without a clear or coordinated plan to manage the impacts that CCAs will have on California’s energy market.
Earlier this year, CPUC President Michael Picker published an editorial in the Sacramento Bee warning of the potential for the proliferation of Community Choice Aggregation to lead California into a repeat of the 2001 energy crisis.
This is an alarming admission from the state’s top energy regulator and should not be taken lightly.
The majority of our local emissions come from cars and other forms of transportation.
It is important that as we continue to discuss measures for reducing GHG emissions, we remain focused on addressing our greatest opportunities for meaningful change.
It is critical that we openly discuss all opportunities and options for achieving San Diego’s climate action goals. The choices we make today in implementing this bold policy vision will shape San Diego and the lives of its residents for generations to come, so we need to make sure we get this right.
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