Prominent East County residents turn out in support
By Miriam Raftery
January 14, 2013 (San Diego) –In Marin County, 80% of utility customers now buy power from a local energy cooperative supported by their local government. Now a similar effort is making strides toward giving SDG&E customers an alternative option to purchase power from a public utility backed by the City of San Diego.
Elections have consequences---and Mayor Bob Filner has voiced strong support for creation of a San Diego Energy District. One of Mayor Filner’s first actions was to write a letter of support for SDED’s plans to create a community choice aggregate (CCA) local energy district that aims to purchase power from locally produced clean and renewable resources, primarily rooftop and parking lot solar.
Last week, a full house packed a meeting held by the San Diego Energy Foundation, the driving force behind the San Diego Energy District. The Foundation recently received a $50,000 donation from the Protect Our Communities Foundation (an East County group that fought against Sunrise Powerlink) to conduct a feasibility study due out this summer. Leaders from other East County organizations were also among the attendees.