Urgent – Tell Your State Reps to Support Community Choice Energy

CCE

Dear San Diego County Residents,

We already knew that SDG&E, as part of Sempra–a Fortune 500 company, and other large private utilities are more invested in their own financial gain than our well-being as their customers. But this time, they’ve gone too far.

San Diego Gas & Electric and other large utilities just made 2 last-minute backroom deals with our state legislators. This resulted in two bills, AB 726 and AB 813–both designed to freeze Community Choice Energy. (“AB” stands for Assembly Bill, and similarly, “SB” stands for Senate Bill.) These ABs are headed to vote in the State Assembly—so contacting your State Assemblymember ASAP is crucial. They want to force these bills through before their session ends on September 15, 2017. (1) (2) (3)

CALL your State Reps today!

Call your State Assemblymembers immediately:

Todd Gloria  (916) 319-2078  &  Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher  (916) 319-2080

Message:

Vote No on AB 726, and No on AB 813. Please reach out to Speaker Anthony Rendon to let him know that you will vote no on AB 726 and AB 813, because they harm Community Choice programs.

I urge you that no amendments be made to SB 100 that would freeze or otherwise negatively affect Community Choice Energy provisions.

Call your State Senators immediately:

Toni Atkins  (916) 651-4039  &  Ben Hueso  (916) 651-4040

Message:

Vote No on AB 726, and No on AB 813. Please reach out to Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon to let him know that you will vote no on AB 726 and AB 813, because they harm Community Choice programs.

I urge you that no amendments be made to SB 100 that would freeze or otherwise negatively affect Community Choice Energy provisions.  (1) (2) (3)

What is CCE?

CCE is Community Choice Energy. How this works is cities form non-profit electricity providers to give us local control over rates and the type of energy we use. This gives us the ability to support local clean energy endeavors which create local jobs, save us money, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. A major benefit of a public non-profit utility is that a private Fortune 500 company will no longer have a monopoly on our rates or the type of energy purchased. Our energy, our choice. (4)

Many organizations are already onboard with green energy, with solar panels adorning the roofs of their buildings. San Diego’s Federal Building has solar panels on its roof, as does San Diego State University on its recreation building, as do many campuses in the San Diego County School District and other districts in San Diego County.

SDG&E and other large, privately-owned utility companies don’t want to give up their monopoly, or the freedom they have to charge consumers whatever they want and source from wherever they like. And what they continue to choose is profit, over people.

NOW is the time to act! Especially if you believe

  • it’s criminal that you have the highest electricity rates in California and among the worst in the country
  • it’s deplorable to charge public schools millions of dollars annually, and increase their rates each year
  • as the customer, it should be your CHOICE for energy, not their MONOPOLY
  • the destruction of the environment in extracting fossil fuels and degradation of air quality by burning fossil fuels are the ways of the past, and their negative impact on your health and wallet are not okay

What are AB 726 and AB 813?

The Center for Climate Protection explains:

AB 726 and AB 813 will require the utilities to purchase a massive amount of renewable energy before the federal investment tax credit for solar expires in 2020. Sounds good, right? The devil is in the details. This build-out is not necessary and undermines local governance of CCE programs. Community Choice operators are already procuring more clean energy than private utilities. This bill would force CCEs to pay the big utilities to build new renewables for them and then stick CCE customers with a price increase.

CCEs already have a better track record at procuring cheaper renewable energy than the other utilities.

These bills [AB 726 and AB 813 ]

  • Are bad for customers, pushing electricity rates up
  • Will undermine local communities ability to purchase their own clean power
  • Will potentially undercut the growing solar rooftop and energy storage market
  • Subvert energy democracy, by nullifying local decision making

This effort would be a death blow to new programs that are in the process of being developed in numerous communities. (1) (2)

You know what to do now.  Pick up your phone and call your representatives today!

HELP US SAVE COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY IN CALIFORNIA

  • AB 726: Freezes all new CCE programs. VOTE NO!
  • AB 813 : Freezes all new CCE programs. VOTE NO!
  • SB 100: This bill will bring California to a 100% clean energy future. We support this bill unless amendments are made to freeze CCE programs. (1)

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Resources:

Community Choice Energy PDF

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References:

(1) Center for Climate Protection

https://climateprotection.org/cce-victory-over-utility-power-grab/

(2) AFT Guild (American Federation of Teachers)

https://aftguild.org/hot-topics/action-alert-call-now-sdge-trying-to-kill-community-choice.html

(3) Tommy Hough – President, San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action

http://www.sdenvirodems.com

(4) Sierra Club San Diego

https://content.sierraclub.org/creative-archive/sites/content.sierraclub.org.creative-archive/files/pdfs/1309%20SD%20CCE%20FactSheet_04_web.pdf

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