Program gives energy of choice to the community of some San Diegans

SAN DIEGO — Residents and businesses in San Diego, Chula Vista, La Mesa and now Encinitas can opt for cleaner and, in some cases, less expensive electricity from San Diego Community Power.

Cody Hooven, SDCP’s director of operations, says his company is a community aggregate of choice for electricity that provides “cleaner electricity.”

“So we are 50% renewable in our base products, which is much higher than what SDG&E offers and we always aim to be cost competitive with them. So right now we have 1-2% lower cost of electricity, so it’s cleaner and a little bit cheaper,” Hooven said.

Community Choice Energy programs were approved by the state in 2002, with San Diego being the last region to participate. There has been some confusion due to the slow city-by-city implementation of SDCP and simple emails letting people know they are here.

“We still partner with SDG&E so they still deliver the power and we also partner with them on billing so customers only get one bill; they’ll just see a new line item with our name on it,” Hooven said.

To remain in SDG&E, consumers must opt ​​out. Right now, SDCP is seeing a participation rate of over 95%. They offer a base product that is 50% renewable, or customers can purchase it.

“To our Power100 product, which is 100% renewable. Renewable energy usually comes from wind, solar energy and some of that is captured through battery storage and it really allows people to have a cleaner source of energy and it’s better for the economy, it’s better for the environment and it’s profitable,” Hooven said.

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