Community Choice Aggregation Critics Want San Diego to Slow Down

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Critics of San Diego's move toward community choice aggregation have formed a coalition questioning a potential plan to let the city buy power separately from San Diego Gas & Electric.

The Clear the Air Coalition includes Ruben Barrales, president of the Latino Leadership & Policy Forum, Frank Urtasun, vice president of the lobbying arm of SDG&E’s parent company Sempra Energy, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, currently head of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lani Lutar, former President and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association who now heads the public relations firm, Responsible Solutions.

San Diego released the results of a feasibility study in July, which found it is possible for the city to reach its ambitious climate action goals by switching to a community choice energy plan.

But the Clean the Air Coalition argues that because getting 100 percent renewable energy through community choice would be more expensive than SDG&E's plan, there would be “mass flight” from the CCA plan. Committee members are concerned the city will create a plan that ends up costing taxpayers more than the current system. They are asking the city council not to advance the next stage of the proposal in January: developing a business plan.

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