It’s fair to say that public power agencies are taking the state by storm. They are known as community choice aggregators, or CCAs.
Dozens of cities across the state are talking about parting ways with their local power companies. Eight other local governments, mostly in Northern California, already have.
San Diego is one of the cities considering a CCA, and it recently learned it might be able to buy cheaper and greener energy than San Diego Gas & Electric. But the city must deal with questions about the study’s findings, hostility to government-run power and even factors well beyond its control, like new laws and regulations from the state Legislature or the California Public Utilities Commission.
By January, the mayor and City Council are expected to decide if the city should begin buying power for the city’s 1.4 million residents from someone other than San Diego Gas & Electric.
But expect a series of hurdles – foreseen and unforeseen – that try to stall, undermine or kill their plans.
In the past, SDG&E and its allies have fended off other attempts to challenge the company’s monopoly in San Diego County.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Because what could go wrong with cities entering into complex and risky long term energy contracts (Enron anyone? ) . These hillbillies can't even figure out how to get water for the homeless to wash their hands or fill the potholes, but we want to trust them with this? #worstideaever
SD does not need more sources of electricity, especially intermittent unreliable sources that subsidize other states. The lights work already.
100% renewable is an accounting trick, electrons from coal and from the wind farms go to the same grid.Montana, would love to spend CA's cash building wind farms and transmission lines while they continue to burn 64% coal for their baseline, CA's 100% renewable pledge means CA ratepayers $ will pay for 20 year contracts to burn more coal in Montana.
It's no wonder other states are more interested in producing renewable energy for CA than they are in producing renewable energy for themselves:lots of CA money. There is unlimited demand for CA $ here, let's not send it elsewhere.