Community Choice Energy

Community Choice Energy is a model that allows communities to purchase power to meet their electricity needs, offering an alternative to the traditional SDG&E model. Community Choice Energy can provide the communities they serve with competitively priced, clean energy choices while reinvesting revenues into projects and programs, supporting the local economy. 

Community Choice Energy models are established by local communities, either through the creation of a multiple agency partnership or new city or county department. While Community Choice Energy programs are locally operated, they work in partnership with the region’s existing investor owned utility, SDG&E. Through this partnership, Community Choice Energy programs determine the source and procure the electricity while the existing utility company, SDG&E, continues delivering the energy, maintaining the grid and providing billing services. 


Community Choice Energy programs are governed by a board or council of local elected officials who oversee decisions regarding power purchasing, programs, and rate setting, and are directly accountable to the people who elected them. Meetings are conducted in an open, transparent manner, ensuring the public has a voice in the Community Choice Energy decision-making process. 

Because Community Choice Energy programs are locally managed, not-for-profit entities, any excess revenue is reinvested into the community through on-bill savings and innovative energy projects and programs, including rebates and other incentives, low-cost energy programs, job training and more.

Community Choice Energy programs are committed to providing clean, renewable energy choices at competitive rates and creating innovative programs that benefit people, the environment and the economy. 

Here are some of the ways they empower local communities: 

  • Cost-saving or competitive rates 

  • Local control and increased transparency

  • Cleaner power supply – reduced greenhouse gas emissions 

  • Local power, local jobs – revenues stay local

  • More competition, better service

City of Carlsbad  |  City of Del Mar  |  City of Solana Beach

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