A major power struggle is playing out in communities across the San Diego region.
Local cities like San Diego, Solana Beach and Carlsbad want to be in charge of buying power for residents. The cities suspect they can provide greener energy at a lower cost than San Diego Gas & Electric, which has held on to its power monopoly for decades despite some serious attempts over the years to loosen its grip.
In his latest, Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard compares the latest round of municipalities’ moves to unseat SDG&E to past endeavors.
“The question is whether tactics SDG&E used to preserve its monopoly in the past can work again today,” Rivard writes.
There’s actually an anti-municipalization playbook from an energy industry trade group, and some folks think SDG&E has been following its strategies closely, including using campaigns to call municipalize power “risky” and “costly.”
Whatever playbook SDG&E has been following, it’s been working. Earlier this year, the county government looked at buying power for some people in the region, but SDG&E-affiliated lobbyists swung into action and helped kill the plan. Decades ago, the San Diego County Water Authority explored a takeover of SDG&E, but it never happened.