Frequently Asked Questions

What is San Diego Community Power?

San Diego Community Power (SDCP) is a newly formed, local electricity provider that will serve customers in the cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, and San Diego. 

How does it work? 

San Diego Community Power is a regional Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program – a model that allows local governments to purchase electricity on behalf of their community members. SDG&E continues to deliver power, manage monthly bill, and provide the same maintenance and other services they always have. There are currently nineteen operational CCA programs in California serving more than 10 million customers. 

What role will SDG&E play? 

SDCP will manage the purchasing of clean electricity on your behalf. SDG&E will continue to deliver power, provide maintenance services, and manage billing. 

Who governs and administers SDCP? 

SDCP is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) governed by a Board of Directors made up of elected officials from each member city. Day-to-day operations are currently managed by the City of San Diego and technical consultants, although operational management of SDCP will be run by permanent, full-time staff once staff are hired this spring. 

How is SDCP funded? 

SDCP is a not-for-profit, self-sustaining organization financed exclusively by the payments received from customers based on the electricity they use.  During the startup phase before it begins serving customers, SDCP is funded by financing from a private bank. CCAs frequently payback these loans within a few years. 

Why did SDCP form? 

The formation of SDCP was largely driven by the common goal to reach 100% renewable electricity. In fact, one of the founding tenets of SDCP includes serving our customers with 100% renewable electricity by 2035. 

When will SDCP start serving customers? 

SDCP will begin serving customers in the spring of 2021, with all customers enrolled by the end of 2021. 

How will I be notified? 

Prior to launch, you will receive at least two written notifications about the pending launch of the CCA. Once the CCA launches, you’ll received additional notifications about SDCP’s role in the procurement of your community’s electricity. 

Am I required to join SDCP? What if I want to stay with SDG&E? 

The 2002 State law that made community choice possible (AB 117), determined that the new local, public entities (in this case, SDCP) would be the default energy provider and automatically enroll customers in participating jurisdictions. Customers will be notified multiple times before and after SDCP launches giving customers the opportunity to opt-out of and stay with SDG&E. Should customers start with SDCP and decide later to transfer back to SDG&E, customers will be able to make that switch. 

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