Our next member meeting is scheduled for 3/16 at 10AM in San Marcos. We are very excited to have Congressman Mike Levin open this quarter's member meeting with an introduction and Q&A session. Following his introduction we have guest speakers and exciting announcements of new teams within our group, which will include new volunteer opportunities and an opportunity to provide leadership within our team.
Community Choice Energy is an alternative to our investor owned utilities, e.g., SDG&E, PG&E. Currently, the investor owned utilities provide the source of our energy (fossil fuel, wind, solar), the delivery (poles, pipes, conduits), billing and customer service. With CCE the community (city, county, region) determines the source. The big change is that a CCE will focus on renewable energy--wind, solar, geothermal. If we are to free ourselves from fossil fuels we need to free ourselves from investor owned utilities. Additionally, CCE programs have proved somewhat less expensive to operate thus saving consumers money and allowing more money into the local economy. As it is we have a monopoly but with a CCE the customer can choose to stay with the investor owned utility or switch to the CCE. Currently California has 19 regions, approximately ten million customers in CCE operations. To reach our climate action goals in the next few years the CCE program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide cleaner and cheaper electricity, put power in the hands of the community.
The San Diego Board of Supervisors approved a study to evaluate the potential for a CCE for the county. The study will be completed by October 20, 2019. This follows earlier February decisions by San Diego City, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Del Mar to also analyse the prospects. The study has been completed in the north county cities and there is interest in a Joint Powers Agreement with San Diego City if all entities agree to implement the CCE program. As a precedent, Los Angeles County has approved implementation.