It’s fair to say that public power agencies are taking the state by storm. They are known as community choice aggregators, or CCAs – and San Diego is considering creating one. But expect a series of hurdles that could stall, undermine or kill its plans.
The study commissioned by the city of San Diego was meant to see if it was feasible for the city to shift away from gas while still competing with SDG&E on price. The answer is, by and large, yes.
The city government and a Fortune 500 company are on a collision course. The cost, reliability and environmental consequences of everyone’s electricity is on the line.
San Diego Gas and Electric’s push to build a $600 million natural gas pipeline across the county is drawing wariness from environmentalists, ratepayer advocates and even other utilities who question whether a big new line is needed and suggest the gas company has undisclosed motivations for building it.
Sempra won a war with other Fortune 500 companies to build a natural gas plant in Baja California, but the plant is hardly the cash cow everyone expected.
How a wealthy Mexican businessman lost his fight against one of San Diego’s most powerful companies.
Just when it looked like Azano was winning his war against Sempra Energy, the tables turned. As the feds closed in, Azano finally cracked.
San Diego-based Sempra Energy is one of the largest private energy companies in Mexico. But its biggest investment there has been dogged by corruption allegations for years.
Federal prosecutors have accused José Susumo Azano Matsura of illegally funneling more than a half-million dollars to San Diego political campaigns. That’s the least interesting part of his story.
Former Baja California Gov. Eugenio Elorduy Walther made a big decision that opened the door to Sempra Energy’s greatest victory in Mexico. He also had financial dealings with those close to Sempra.