FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 1, 2021
Jen Lebron for Mayor Gloria at MayorPress@sandiego.gov or (858) 354-3746
Kim Coutts for San Diego Community Power at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 977-0988
SAN DIEGO – As part of his pledge to create a more sustainable San Diego for all of us, Mayor Todd Gloria officially launched today San Diego Community Power (SDCP) -- a community choice energy service that will be responsible for purchasing wholesale clean electricity on behalf of customers in San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Mesa and Imperial Beach.
“Today we are flipping the switch on San Diego Community Power and finally bringing a future-focused energy choice and a clear path to 100 percent renewable energy,” Mayor Gloria said. “This launch is an essential next step in meeting our regional Climate Action goals. By embracing renewable energy sources, we are going to protect San Diego for generations to come.”
SDCP is a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) committed to providing clean, renewable energy at competitive rates and investing in innovative programs to benefit the environment and the economy in our communities. SDCP will source cleaner electricity for approximately 770,000 customer accounts.
Today marks the first day SDCP will provide power to its five municipal customers. Business customers are expected to come online in June and homes are scheduled to be powered in 2022.
San Diego leads the nation as one of the largest U.S. cities to adopt a Climate Action Plan, that set goals to achieve 100% renewable energy citywide and zero waste. Alongside community partners, the City has also developed the first-of-its-kind Climate Equity Index, to better understand access to opportunity in San Diego’s Communities of Concern with a locally driven tool.
Mayor Gloria authored the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan when he served as interim mayor seven years ago. One of its goals is to use 100% renewable energy sources.
Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe said: “As a San Diego Community Power board member, I am thrilled to be celebrating this historic launch today, as we have a clear, competitively priced path to building healthier communities powered by clean, renewable energy. Our city has fought for this opportunity for many years, and it is such an exciting day for all of us as we bring choice to local ratepayers, create a green legacy for all future generations, reinvest in our communities and support clean energy jobs for local workers.”
Bill Carnahan, SDCP Interim CEO said: “Today is truly a historic event as we bring energy provider choice to the region for the first time. This is a huge step in protecting our environment, reducing the costly impacts of climate change and ensuring competitive pricing for sustainable energy.”