July 7, 2021

San Diego Community Power Provides Choice and Competitive Rates for Cleaner Energy

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For the first time in our region’s history, families, businesses, and municipalities in Encinitas, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and San Diego have a future-focused choice in energy providers and a clear path to reach 100% renewable energy by 2035 or sooner.

Organized as a community-driven not-for-profit, SDCP is committed to investing back into local communities through job training, renewable energy development projects, and aid programs for communities of concern. While generating revenue in support of shareholder returns drives the incumbent investor-owned utility, SDCP is focused on clean technology innovation, creating local jobs, and energy programs supporting communities of concern.

“The launch of San Diego Community Power is a game-changer for customer choice, fighting climate change, and creating healthier and more equitable communities for future generations,” said Joe Mosca, Encinitas Councilmember and SDCP Board Chair. “We are excited to usher in a new era for San Diego communities and to do our part to reduce the impacts of climate change by providing greener energy options.”

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San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and SDCP executives celebrated the SDCP launch with a press conference on May 1st, 2021.

San Diego Community Power’s renewable energy portfolio comes from wind, solar, and battery storage. At 50% to 100% renewable energy, SDCP products are affordable and substantially better for the environment than the current 31% option offered by the local investor-owned utility. Committed to meeting and beating state reliability standards, SDCP rigorously vets its energy sources and works in partnership with the local utility to ensure reliability in the energy delivery infrastructure.

Volunteer planting a tree
To commemorate the launch and our sustainable future, the mayors of all the member cities planted trees in local community parks.

“We are flipping the switch on San Diego Community Power and finally bringing a future-focused energy choice and a clear path to 100% renewable energy,” Mayor Todd Gloria said at the official launch on March 1st, 2021. “This launch is an essential next step in meeting our regional climate action goals. By embracing renewable energy sources, we are going to protect San Diego for generations to come.”

Delivering on its promise to reinvest in renewable energy development, San Diego Community Power recently announced its first power purchase agreement with an affiliate of RAI Energy International, Inc. Located nearby in Imperial County, the Vikings Farm project will provide a 20-year supply of solar energy and battery storage.

“We are here to advocate for ratepayers, drive economic vitality, and support clean energy jobs for local workers,” said Serge Dedina, Imperial Beach Mayor and SDCP Board member. “Clean technology already provides more jobs in the region than all coal-related jobs in the country, and we want to see that trend grow.”

SDCP is now preparing to launch commercial and residential service on June 1st, 2021 and is forecast to provide energy to more than 70,000 commercial and industrial accounts of all sizes in the region. SDCP has received a warm welcome from area businesses eager to meet corporate responsibility and sustainability goals with a competitively priced service.

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