A number of high-profile local companies with a shared concern for the environment have inked partnerships with San Diego Community Power (SDCP), a new, not-for-profit ‘community choice’ energy provider. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs like SDCP, which allow local communities to control the energy they buy and address constraints on competition, were OK’d by state legislators following the 2001 energy crisis.
Sharp HealthCare and freight technology company Flock Freight have recently joined Illumina and the San Diego International Airport in opting to receive 100% renewable energy through SDCP’s Power100 Champion program, which reinvests excess revenues back into the communities it serves.
There are currently 23 CCAs operating across California, providing service to more than 11 million customers.
SDCP rolled out commercial and municipal service in 2021 for 72,000 customers in San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach and La Mesa.
SDCP’s residential service launched in February, starting with Imperial Beach and then turned on in La Mesa in March and Encinitas this month.
San Diego and Chula Vista will follow in May, extending service to an additional 700,000 customers. Unincorporated areas of San Diego County and National City are scheduled to be enrolled in 2023.
SDCP eventually plans to serve 1 million customers across the county, delivering electricity through existing SDG&E; lines.
Sharp HealthCare just announced their partnership with SDCP this week and the San Diego Padres plan to announce their move to SDCP on Earth Day.
“Sharp HealthCare is extremely proud to be the first health system in San Diego to join Power100,” said Chris Howard, president and CEO of Sharp. “This investment reflects our commitment to the environment.” In switching to SDCP, Howard said Sharp expects to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 6,500 metric tons each year or 18 metric tons a day.
Sharon Vidal, senior director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Illumina, said, “Using 100% renewable electricity in our San Diego facilities is an important component of our strategy to reach 46% reduction of emissions from our direct operations and 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030.”
Flock Freight CEO Oren Zaslansky said partnering with SDCP “was an easy decision.”
“We can run our Encinitas headquarters on 100% renewable energy, helping lower the community’s environmental footprint,” Zaslansky said. “Working with providers like SDCP is the type of initiative our customers and partners expect from us.”
“We are thrilled that the region’s business leaders are answering the call to fight climate change,” said veteran green energy executive Karin Burns, the brand new CEO at SDCP. which offers two service levels, PowerOn, which provides 50% renewable energy, and Power100, a 100% renewable energy service.
SDCP customers can change service levels or opt out of the service at any time – and SDG&E; will continue to deliver power, manage monthly billing and customer service, and provide ongoing system maintenance.
A second CCA operating in San Diego County, Clean Energy Alliance, began providing power to Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solano Beach last year and will begin supplying Escondido and San Marcos in 2023.