ESCONDIDO – The Metropolis of Escondido, together with San Marcos and Vista, is within the strategy of conducting a feasibility examine to find out if a Group Selection Vitality (CCE) program could be financially viable.
The municipal aggregation program, also called Group Selection Aggregation (CCA), is an alternative choice to conventional investor-owned utilities comparable to SDG&E.
In accordance with the Environmental Safety Company, these applications permit “native governments to obtain energy on behalf of their residents, companies, and municipal accounts from another provider whereas nonetheless receiving transmission and distribution service from their current utility.”
CCEs buy energy on behalf of their prospects with the aim of decreasing prices, permitting shoppers larger management of their power sources and providing a cleaner energy provide to fulfill group priorities.
Meeting Invoice 117 permits native governments the authority to type CCEs.
The town partnered with San Marcos and Vista to discover the professionals and cons of a number of governance choices to find out applicable governance constructions and determine potential third-party alliances.
“What makes this course of just a little distinctive is that it’s type of shaped collectively between the cities of Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, so all of us need to be type of comfy with the methodology and the conclusions of the report,” mentioned Mike Sturdy, Escondido’s group growth director. “It’s taken significantly longer than I believe all of us anticipated.”
The examine is a part of town’s up to date Local weather Motion Plan, which was authorized final month. The CCE could be a part of the hassle to fulfill town’s 2030 greenhouse gasoline emissions goal.
“Assumptions have been to get to 90% clear power by the yr 2030, which aligns with the Metropolis of Vista’s Local weather Motion Plan objectives, however doesn’t align with San Marcos Escondido,” Sturdy mentioned. “San Marcos has a 95% clear power aim by 2030, and Escondido has 100% aim primarily based on the adopted Local weather Motion Plans.”
Sturdy added that, due to these kinds of discrepancies that also have to be finalized, the report will not be in a position to be launched simply but.
The examine was commissioned again in 2019 and, in keeping with Sturdy, metropolis employees needs to be finishing the examine and presenting it to the council by the top of April.
As soon as the examine is full, every respective metropolis will probably be requested to obtain and file the report, which is more likely to occur someday in Might.
If any of the cities are serious about pursuing a Group Selection Vitality program additional, they might then discover the governance choices launched within the feasibility examine.
The town would then launch a request for curiosity (RFI) to collect data from different potential metropolis companions in forming a CCE.
All of this will probably be mentioned when the council receives the outcomes of the feasibility examine someday in Might.