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Renewable Energy November 28, 2017 06:30:42 AM

San Diego Explores Twin Proposals to Achieve 100% Green Energy by 2035

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The City plans to conduct a feasibility study on the new plan submitted by SDG&E. If proved feasible, the city will draft business plan for SDG&E plan along with that for the community choice program.
San Diego Explores Twin Proposals to Achieve 100% Green Energy by 2035

SEATTLE (Oil Monster): San Diego now has the choice between two programs- both targeting to help the city achieve its stated goal of achieving the use of 100% green energy by 2035. A government-run community choice program now competes with a new plan introduced by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the details of which will be released to the public within the next couple of weeks.

The City of San Diego has been planning to devise a community choice program for almost a year. Of late, SDG&E has submitted a plan which proposes steps to accelerate the city’s journey towards 100% green energy within the next two decades. According to city spokesman Greg Block, the city will weigh the benefits offered by both these schemes, before adopting the final strategy to transition San Diego to 100% renewable energy.

The City plans to conduct a feasibility study on the new plan submitted by SDG&E. If proved feasible, the city will draft business plan for SDG&E plan along with that for the community choice program. It must be noted that the feasibility study of community choice which ended recently had concluded that it has the potential to deliver cost-effective solutions upon comparison with the current services offered by SDG&E. Further, it could deliver 50% renewable energy by 2023 and 80% by 2027. A final decision on which plan to be adopted is expected to be taken by 2020, sources said.

Several environmental groups have applauded the efforts by the city to move closer to adopting a program for cleaner energy at a lower cost. Meantime, certain groups have lobbied with Sempra Energy-the parent company of SDG&E to request city officials to put the government-run community choice program on hold temporarily.

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