The City of Carlsbad has partnered with the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach to create a new community choice energy joint powers authority called the Clean Energy Alliance that provides an option for local customers to purchase power from more renewable sources.
The Clean Energy Alliance has now launched and is providing power to Carlsbad residents and businesses. Find out more on the CEA website.
The alliance is locally controlled and supported by ratepayers, with no taxpayer subsidies. By law, as a joint powers authority, CEA is a separate legal entity from its member agencies. Its budget is separate from the member cities’ general funds and is funded by program revenues and reserves.
Clean Energy Alliance board meetings are held on a monthly basis, open to the public for comment and watching livestream. Meeting information can be found on the new Clean Energy Alliance website.
State law allows local governments to form Community Choice Energy programs that offer an alternative to investor-owned utilities, such as SDG&E. Under this model, local governments purchase and manage their community's electric power supply, and the existing utility continues to distribute the energy to customers.
Marin County was the first to create a California Community Choice Energy utility in 2008. Today there are 19 Community Choice Energy programs operating throughout California. In San Diego County, Solana Beach began using this model last year, and other cities and the county are exploring it currently.
Technical studies and reports
- 08-20-19 Community Choice Energy Program Governance Analysis Report and Joint Powers Authority Formation
- 06-25-19 Formation of City Council Ad-Hoc Subcommittee on Community Choice Energy
- 04-16-19 Technical Feasibility Study, presented at April 16, 2019 Council meeting
- 03-28-19 Community Choice Energy Technical Feasibility Study
- 03-21-19 Community Choice Energy Public Presentation
- 02-26-19 Review of Draft North San Diego County Cities Community Choice Energy Technical Feasibility Study and Resolution Authorizing Participation in an Evaluation of Community Choice Energy Program Governance Options
Jason Haber, intergovernmental affairs director, 760-434-2958 or firstname.lastname@example.org.