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By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2019 (La Mesa)—The city of La Mesa is exploring a community choice aggregation (CCA) energy option to provide 100 percent clean energy for the entire community.

Tonight at 6 p.m., the city’s Environmental Sustainability Commission will discuss findings of a feasibility study funded jointly by the cities of La Mesa, Santee and Chula Vista on the viability of a CCA that would let each city purchase electrical power for its residents as an option to SDG&E for competitively priced clean energy. 

The meeting will be held in the City Manager’s conference room at 8130 Allison Ave.

View the full agenda here:

Read more about CCAs here:

Read an executive summary and the full feasibility study at the links below:



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Options to SDG&E?

We took an option to SDG&E aka Sempre Energy and installed solar. What a ripoff! Between the CPUC which is in cahoots with SDG&E aka Sempre Energy, I believe the public trust is lost in the shadows. We get less than 3 cents per kw and the utility takes our generation and resells it for 10 to 15 times that. Further, I never trusted those "smart meters" installed in place of mechanical electric metering devices. Sort of like a slot machine in Vegas hooked to a keyboard and monitored by the beneficiaries. Skeptical, pessimism, questions, distrust? Certainly in my view. As to alternatives to SDG&E, sure if they are viable and competitive for us, the ratepayers. Right now I believe technology is on the verge of more and better tech that can replace solar, wind, etc. but like the old carburetors on cars, money and power made sure that they remained until offshore competition stepped into the picture. These cities and advocacy groups should take it slow and base it on science and facts and make sure it represents public trust first!

On aspect of a community choice energy option

could be for a city to pay  its residents and businesses a higher rate than SDG&E does to purchase solar power that they produce, I'm told. That's an option I'd like to see, with less reliance on remote big energy projects that decimate rural and desert areas.