San Diego Moves Ahead With 100% Clean Energy Community Choice Program

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San Diego is on track to becoming the largest city in the U.S. to create a community-choice aggregation program, with a goal of 100 clean energy by 2035.

“This is not a partisan issue,” said Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, at a Thursday event in Los Angeles. “It’s a ‘right thing to do’ issue.”

“And we’re actually going to save dollars by doing it,” he added. 

The Southern California city of 1.4 million residents will officially announce later today that it is forming its own government-run power program, as an alternative to service from investor-owned utility San Diego Gas & Electric. The program is expected to lower electricity rates by up to 5 percent, and achieve 100 carbon-free electricity a decade before the state of California hits that milestone.

“There are Republicans out there that are smart and are going in the right direction, and they don’t see [climate action] as a divided issue or a partisan issue…they see it as a people’s issue,” said former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who hosted the Thursday morning event at the L.A. Cleantech Incubator.

The San Diego plan is based on a sound business model and has