What You Need to Know About the Big Push to Give Residents an Energy Menu
The City Council wants to get the Climate Action Plan show on the road already. One part of the plan requires something called Community Choice Aggregation. Advocates consider it the plan’s most important element. It’s also pretty complicated. Here are some basics.
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Community Choice Aggregation is meant to give residents a chance to use more renewable energy in their homes, rather than just having to use whatever type of energy San Diego Gas & Electric gives them.
The City Council is taking a vote Thursday to tell Mayor Kevin Faulconer it really, really wants him to get cracking on passing the Climate Action Plan.
The plan is basically a bundle of policies meant to get the city to cut 49 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. It was aggressively pushed by Council President Todd Gloria when he served as interim mayor, and the Council is holding a vote to reiterate that it likes the plan and wants to see it approved. Soon.
Faulconer’s staff has responded by matter-of-factly saying: Yeah, relax, we’re working on it.
“(The mayor) has taken multiple steps to make sure it reaches a public hearing in spring of 2015, which is the same timeframe that was expected under the prior, interim administration,” said Mike Hansen, Faulconer’s head staffer on land use and environmental policy, at a July 23 committee hearing.