Why San Diego should delay acting on energy choice plan

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

Does it make sense for San Diego to start a government-controlled energy program? We believe City Hall should stick to the basics for now — caring for our homeless population, repairing our roads and maintaining our parks and libraries.

Some people want to move San Diego into the energy business because of the perceived environmental benefits. Our coalition, Clear the Air, is urging them to hold off on making a billion-dollar decision until we know what the costs, risks and benefits are of a government-controlled energy program, also known as community choice aggregation or CCA.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer did the right thing recently when he told the City Council it should not weigh in on a government-controlled energy program until it has all the facts. As it stands, no one can say what such a program would cost, what risks the city would realistically be exposed to, and if it would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or create new jobs.

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