Statement: “It’s been incredible to watch the outcome of the programs in Sonoma and Marin because they’ve been extremely successful and they’ve been able to provide lower rates to all residences and all businesses in Marin and Sonoma with a higher renewable energy content,” Climate Action Campaign executive director Nicole Capretz said during a Jan. 25 appearance on NBC San Diego’s “Politically Speaking.”
Analysis: A handful of California communities have opted to stop relying solely on utilities to buy energy. San Diego environmentalists want that option to exist here.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer surprised progressives last fall when he announced he’d largely stick with their plan, though he was less committal about starting a CCA in San Diego.
Advocates of CCAs have repeatedly claimed they usher in lower prices and more renewable sources. Customers might fixate on their bill, but that latter point is important too: The state has mandated that 33 percent of the electricity that utilities provide must come from renewable sources by 2020.
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Rating should read "juries out"
These experiments have not been in place long enough to make a judgement call. Nicole Capretz has an agenda and needs to be taken with a grain of salt. San Diego should be cautious about just "Jumping right in" and see how these experiments pa out before listening to the likes of Ms. Capretz.
Marin Clean Energy (MCE), California’s first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, was founded in 2008 and began serving customers in 2010. We now serve over 125,000 customers in Marin County, unincorporated Napa County and the Cities of Richmond and San Pablo.
A detailed implementation plan was drafted in 2012 by the Sonoma County Water Agencyand updated in 2013,
More competition will always bring about lower prices and higher quality. It appears this program injects competition into the energy market where typically a single company has enjoyed monopoly status. That's great.
Now lets expand this concept to other services like: trash, street repair, policing, schools, etc. We'd save billions and get improved service!