The city of San Diego can provide cheaper and greener electricity than San Diego Gas & Electric, according to a long-awaited study the city released.
“San Diego could sell power for 11 percent less than SDG&E within the next decade, under one scenario the study examined,” our Ry Rivard reports. “The study sets the table for months of debate. By early next year, the mayor and City Council are expected to decide if the city should begin buying power for its 1.4 million residents from someone other than SDG&E.”
The city is doing this largely because of a self-imposed plan it has to fight climate change. To do that, the city wants all of its power to come from renewable sources, like wind and solar. Right now, we are reliant on natural gas-fired power.
In the past, SDG&E has outmaneuvered other local governments that have tried to poke holes in its regional monopoly. So far, the company’s allies have cautioned the city against challenging SDG&E, but have yet to begin challenging the findings of the 800-page report in detail.
Not sure what we’re talking about? Take a few minutes to catch up with our FAQ on community choice — the effort to wrest away the power to buy power from SDG&E.
• “Delays in setting up green energy accounts for SDG&E customers in multi-family affordable housing have left at least 700 homes paying high summer rates when they were counting on credits for solar energy,” the U-T reports. “Almost all of those affected live on fixed incomes in affordable housing.”