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San Diego Is Ditching Their Power Company For A 100% Clean Energy Alternative

By Koty Neelis

San Diego's making the ultimate power move. Home to 1.4 million residents, the southern California city is forming its own community choice program with a goal of 100 clean energy by 2035. By creating an alternative to the area’s investor-owned utility, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, San Diego will become the largest city in the state to adopt a program where residents come together to buy power in bulk. 

Last year a study commissioned by the city found that community choice has the potential to deliver cheaper rates than SDG&E, while providing 50 percent renewable energy by 2023 and 80 percent green power by 2027. San Diego Union Tribune says SDG&E currently offers about 43 percent renewable energy, and under state law must get to 50 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045.

The program is expected to offer benefits to the community like lowering electricity rates by up to 5 percent while helping the city achieve 100 carbon-free electricity. More than 160 cities in California currently take part in similar programs but this will be the largest in California.