Encinitas, CA - At its regular meeting on Thursday, August 21, the Encinitas City Council selected a regional Joint Powers Authority (JPA) as its preferred Community Choice Energy (CCE) program. This decision was based upon a comprehensive study of governance options available to Encinitas. The regional JPA spearheaded by the City of San Diego was selected due to its alignment of Climate Action Plan goals, economy of scale, minimal staff work to get started, and San Diego’s willingness to pay CCE start-up costs and take the lead in the preparation of JPA formation documents. The City of Encinitas will be joining the City of San Diego, and its initial partners, Chula Vista and La Mesa, which all have adopted Climate Action Plans including a goal to achieve 100 percent clean energy through Community Choice Energy and other strategies.
“We’re excited to work together with the City of San Diego in accomplishing this key component of our very similar Climate Action Plans,” said Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “Partnering in a large regional JPA gives us many more opportunities to develop large-scale projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gases in the region.”
Prior council actions leading up to this decision included a review and discussion of the feasibility, risk, and benefits of forming a CCE program. Multiple public meetings were also held on the subject over the past three years. A core function of the CCE program is to help reduce greenhouse gas generation by giving electricity customers the choice to increase the amount of electricity available to them from renewable sources such as solar and wind power.
In order to achieve the City Council’s goal of launching a CCE program by 2021, City staff will return to Council next month with a draft JPA agreement and enacting ordinance.
More information about community choice energy and the recent action are posted on the City of Encinitas’ website at http://encinitasca.gov/Climate. For general information about the City’s Climate Action Plan, click here.
ABOUT THE CITY OF ENCINITAS
Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 63,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.